Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Earthquake Damage

A few more aftershocks over the past 24 hours, but nothing above 3.2. However, there seems to have been more damage than previously thought in Eureka from the Saturday 6.5 quake. Estimates have risen from $12 million to $28 million, affecting more than 200 structures.

One of the buildings sustaining significant damage is the Eureka Post Office, which is now closed and may not reopen, pending a structural inspection, according to the Times-Standard. This is sad news because that building is one of the last remaining public buildings of any worth or beauty in the county. Eureka and Arcata have some of the ugliest public buildings I've ever seen. But the old Post Office, which I'm guessing is a Depression era building, is handsome and well proportioned on the outside, and comparatively pleasant on the inside, with some vintage historical murals. Losing this structure would be a blow.

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