Monday, January 11, 2010

Earthquake damage assessment

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At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2010, Humboldt County and the cities of Arcata and Eureka held a joint press conference regarding the earthquake experienced locally on Saturday, January 9.  The press conference was attended by Congressman Mike Thompson, Assembly Member Wesley Chesbro, and elected representatives of the County and the City of Eureka as well as staff of the County and cities.  Information presented at that time includes the following:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is continuing to gather damage assessment information.  After a 24-hour operational period, the county’s preliminary assessments are as follows:

There were reports of only minor injuries, with one person admitted to the hospital (for a broken bone).
There are reports of structural damage to many buildings, to include downed chimneys, broken windows, cracked walls, fallen masonry, and a few houses moved off of foundations.
PG&E has restored electrical power to all customers in Humboldt County.
A few road slides were reported yesterday, but have since been cleared.

The City of Eureka, the seat of Humboldt County, sustained the largest amount of damage and preliminary estimates are placing cost of the damage at $12.5 million.  That amount is likely to rise as assessment teams continue their efforts.

As recovery and clean-up efforts continue, the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services is encouraging the public to report damage they may have suffered as a result of Friday’s earthquake.  

  • In unincorporated areas of the county, call (707) 445-7245
  • In Eureka, call (707) 441-4164
  • In Ferndale, call (707) 764-4224
  • In Fortuna, call (707) 725-7600
  • In Arcata, call (707) 822-2426

Reporting damage helps ensure that the County and local cities quantify damages that may be eligible for assistance from state and federal sources.  It is important that accurate damage/ dollar figures be reported, but reporting of damage is not a guarantee of government funding to an individual or business.

OES Director


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