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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, May 29, 2013 5A QUAKEI from page 1A disposal of broken or damaged televisions, computer screens, or other electronics, special e-waste events have been scheduled for the Chester Transfer Station and Greenville Transfer Station on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sipe said up to 600 homes in the Lake Almanor area were without power for several hours. He added that the Lake Almanor Mutual Water Co. sustained a water main rupture, emptying the storage tank located at 600 Clifford Drive. Residents who relied on that water system were asked to boil their water after the quake. The "boil water advisory" was lifted Sunday, according to Sipe. Lake Almanar Country Club office manager Bea Kohfeld said the line was damaged when the earthquake hit. "The line from the water tank broke just before the shut-off valve and 360,000 gallons of water was emptied," she said May 24. The Clifford tank is one of four that supply the Lake Almanor Peninsula. The tired firefighters of the Peninsula Fire Protection District were back at the 801 Golf Club Road station by 8:30 a.m. Friday morning to take a break from their night patrols. Fire Capt. Andy Courtright said personnel started rolling with the report of the damaged water line. He said the biggest hassle of the night was the lack of water. "From there we responded to calls of potential gas leaks and there were no leaks found. We also were called to do a welfare check on a senior resident." He said fire crews patrolled all night long for the smell of gas. "We also looked for downed power lines so we could get PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric Co.) on scene where needed." PG&E spokesperson Paul Moreno said about 660 customers lost power on the southwestern edge of Lake Almanor at about 9 p.m., but power was back up about midnight. Moreno said the outage had been caused by swinging power lines that touched. He said before restoring power, PG&E checked with area fire departments for propane tank leaks. None were found, Moreno said, but Canyon Dam was also checked about I a.m. when the aftershock occurred. PG&E also checked the condition of its dam at Canyon Dam. PG&E supervisor Hans Simonsen said reports from Thursday night indicated "everything's OK" with the Almanor dam. Simonsen said the dam was checked about an hour The main water tank for the Lake Almanor Country Club and several homes in the area, located at the Clifford Gate on Clifford Drive, sits broken after the earthquake last Thursday night. The crack caused water to erupt nearby and cut off water to many homes in the area. Several homes also lost electricity. Photo by Tony Cordero after the quake, and again Friday morning. "We'll check and recheck, ' he said. PG&E has been conducting daily inspections and air patrols of the facilities since the quake. Sipe and Capt. Courtright said at least three homes on the Lake Almanor Peninsula sustained moderate damage, including collapsed chimneys and cracked walls. "This is an area with many vacant and seasonal homes," Sipe said. "So not all the damage may be fully known at this time." "We don't know how many homes were affected but it could have been up to 1,500," said Courtright. News of the earthquake was the focus of live news reports by many regional television stations Thursday night and Friday morning. It meant a long night for Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood. "We were doing interviews with news people until 2 a.m. and then resumed again about 4 a.m.," he said. Hagwood said major areas of concern such as the area's dams, bridges and roadways appeared to have survived unscathed. "PG&E has been here making inspections on all of the dams including Butt Lake and Almanor," he said. "There were some rockslides, but they have been cleared, and to the best of my knowledge the railroads are OK." Hagwood was sitting in his car in Greenville while being interviewed by Feather Publishing on Friday morning when another aftershock hit. Many residents shared their experiences. For the most part, they were startled, a little scared, but otherwise OK. "It was unbelievable," said Prattville resident Linda Zimmers. She said the quake knocked over tall standing cabinets full of antique glass' in her cabin. "I've never felt anything like it in my life. It was a huge gigantic jerk, with lots of shaking and aftershocks." "Jerry (Sipe) has kept us Zimmers said she and her informed quite well," he husband Terry spent hours said. cleaning up boxes and boxes Despite the lack of damage of broken glass. "Every bit of in Portola, he said that glass in the kitchen broke," earthquake chatter she said. dominated the conversation Zimmers said a cabinet fell at the local coffee shop on top of her when the Friday morning. earthquake started. Then the According to the U.S. power went out immediately Geological Survey, the quake after the initial jolt. She said was felt as far away as the it came back on quickly San Francisco Bay Area and afterward. She and her across state borders in husband weren't hurt, but "it Oregon and Nevada. was pretty scary," she said. KCRA-TV in Sacramento Hamilton Branch resident reported the temblor was felt Valorie Chisholm said she in downtown Sacramento, was talking on the phone to about 145 miles south of the her sister when her house epicenter. started shaking. According to the "My house started shaking Marysville Appeal-Democrat, violently," Chisholm said. "I people in Yuba and Sutter have been in earthquakes, counties said they felt a but not like that. I think haft rolling quake but there was the things on my walls fell no damage reported. off." In Chico, 45 miles from the Chisholm said her sister epicenter, police and fire told her to get out of the dispatch received many calls house, about the quake. "I went up to the street and Chico Enterprise-Record felt the first aftershock," she reporter Ryan Olson tweeted said. "I could see the power "Felt the quake & it was a lines shaking. I was afraid doozy -- I could see the the power lines or trees entire room move. I'm near would come down. I could the tracks and thought it was feel the wave. It was a train." nauseating." The last significant The quake was strongly earthquake to be felt in felt in Susanville and Plumas County was a 5.7 Portola. But no damage was temblor that hit near reported in those areas. Oroville Dam on Aug. 1, 1975. Board of Supervisors Chairman Terry Swofford The Chico Enterprise-Record and said that while there Feather Publishing staff writers appeared to be no damage in Debra Moore, Laura Beaton, M. his area of eastern Plumas Kate West, Ingrid Burke and County, he was monitoring Samantha Hawthorne the situation as a whole, contributed to this report. SARDINE LAKE RESORT Now Open for the Season Fine Dining Chef Kurt Hasehon Enjoy Cocktails in the Gazebo Boats for Hire Cabins for Rent 862-1196 ' for Reservations and Directions At the base of the Sierra Buttes Closing Store Date . nd June 22 ] Richard K.Stockto., Car and home combo. CLU ChFC, Agent "ALL MUST GO" . Insurance Lic. #0868653 Combine your homeowners Providing Insurance & Financial Services and car policies and save '~ 65 W. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971 big-time. up to 80% off on cl0th,ng. -1 ,=o,=>o,= * Fax (530, 283-5143 Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there: O0 ~ . ~ on pureheses under $25 .. .. _..,an*i,,ue and.. 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USGS records indicate that besides two aftershocks of 4-plus magnitude from Thursday's event, the region has experienced seven quakes with magnitudes greater than 4.0 since 1934. The previously largest recorded quake was a 4.3 magnitude that shook the area in June 1989. Knudsen said there are identified faults in the region but there are a couple of reasons why the USGS can't be as precise as it would like to be about where the "causative fault" might be. He explained the country is so rough that it is hard to find the surface ruptures that categorically identify a fault's location, and secondly the region is not well covered with seismographs. Knudsen said "typically" it takes a 6.5-magnitude qua earthquake or greater to produce the kind of "surface exPression" scientists look for. That reality was part of what a group of USGS scientists talked about when they met in their Menlo Park offices Friday. Knudsen said the discussion was about rushing some more seismographs to the region. The geologist said aftershocks usually occur along the same fault that was the source of the original event. AS of noon Friday, about 150 aftershocks ranging from tiny to magnitude 4.9 had been recorded since Thursday night. Knudsen said it would not surprise him if additional monitoring equipment would show the earthquake's origin. The geologist also can't say categorically if the Thursday event was the big one in this series, or the harbinger of something more violent to come. As a rule of thumb, according to Knudsen, there is a 5 percent to 10 percent chance that any earthquake in California is a "pre-shock." Knudsen said the USGS is interested in hearing.from anybody in the vicinity of the quake who may have seen a surface rupture or any evidence of "liquefaction." Contact USGS at 650-329-4390. Liquefaction takes place when water in the soil turns the ground to loose mud during a quake. Reach Roger H. Aylworth at 896-7762, or on Twitter @RogerAylworth. 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