(08/25/2011)
Tuesday's 5.8 magnitude earthquake was a surprise to millions of people up and down the east coast.

Fred Mullins, a bridge inspector with the WVDOH, said he never had one thought that he would be facing a bridge inspection task around the Mountain State connected to an earthquake.

"We've thrown every resource we have at it, and they'll be working, continuing to work, around the clock as we continue to make sure these bridges are safe," according to a press release from WVDOH.

They're checking for any crack formations or indications that a bridge shifted in any way, first focusing on the major bridges that go across rivers, and concentrating on high traffic areas.

The bridge inspection takes about 30 minutes to an hour and there are close to 6,500 bridges in West Virginia.


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