CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia mining officials are inspecting certain coal-slurry dams in the state due to the East Coast earthquake.
The Division of Mining and Reclamation said Tuesday evening it planned to inspect dams whose failure may cause a loss of life or serious property damage.
Director Tom Clarke says inspections were being conducted in consultation with a regional dam engineer. The inspections of high-risk impoundments were expected to be completed by Tuesday night with other dams expected to be examined within three days.
The magnitude 5.8 earthquake was centered near Louisa, Va., about 40 miles northwest of Richmond.