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Damage from 6.5 Eureka earthquake now at $21.9 million

January 11, 2010 |  6:18 pm

Officials have increased the estimated damage toll from the 6.5 Eureka earthquake to $21.8 million and said they had received 219 reports of damage.

Eureka and surrounding communities were slowly getting back to normal Monday, two days after the temblor struck. About 20 people were displaced from their homes, but the bulk of those came from the same apartment building near the center of the city.

Although about 30 people were treated for cuts, bruises, scrapes and anxiety-related illnesses, only one person – an elderly woman who broke her hip – was admitted to the hospital.

In Eureka's Old Town and elsewhere on the North Coast, residents were largely taking their geological quirk in stride. “I talked to people who just moved here and they thought their life was ending, but for me it was just annoying,” said Sandra Warshaw, who has lived in Eureka since 1985. “It’s like an ‘Oh, well’ rather than an ‘Oh, my God’.”

Warshaw was in Old Town on Monday taking photos of a building that housed the now-vacant Old Town Bar & Grill.

Officials said the quake caused significant damage to that brick building and that its parapet fell several stories onto an adjacent business, crashing through the roof and squashing a parked car.

The Eureka City Council on Monday voted to demolish that brick building, which had also been damaged by previous quakes.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz in Eureka