Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 27, 1993 · Page 15
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 15

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, June 27, 1993
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1992 quakes leave big aftershocks -THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- -SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 1993 — B-3 By LEE SIEQEL The Associated Press LANDERS — John and Emma Drages were sound asleep when the most powerful earthquake to rock the contiguous United States in 40 years ripped directly through their yard. John sat up in bed and screamed. The dog jumped on Emma. The quake threw Emma and the dog to the floor. A chest of drawers toppled on them. Dishes, heirlooms, the television and furniture crashed. Five-foot-deep fissures cracked open on the retired couple's five acres of desert. "I thought it was the end of the world," said John Drages, 67. Now, one year has passed since the magnitude-7.6 Landers earthquake and its 6.7 Big Bear aftershock rattled millions of Californians, crushed a child to death, injured 402 other people and damaged or destroyed 4,612 homes and businesses in sparsely populated desert and mountain areas. Much of the damage has been repaired. But economic and emotional scars remain from the quakes of June 28,1992. And Californians still face a more disastrous jolt on the San Andreas fault. "We had a bad economy, and to have the earthquake come along really didn't help," said Glen Steely, owner of Glen Realty in Yucca Valley, near the Landers quake's fcpicenter 110 miles northeast of Los Angeles. "The majority of businesses suffered. Everybody's been suffering." At Big Bear Lake, a resort town in the mountains 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles, "the nervousness still lingers," said Capt. Walt Hanson, commander of the San Bernardino County sheriffs station. "My wife goes straight up the roof every time something shakes. You get to the point you don't know if it's the cat jumping off the windowsill or another earthquake." Fear of more quakes is justified — and not just because Southern California has been rattled by almost 60,000 foreshocks, quakes and aftershocks in the past year. Seismologists believe the Landers-Big Bear quakes added stress to the nearby San Andreas fault, increasing the already high chance that fault will generate a magnitude-7.5 to 8.3 "big one" within 25 years. Such a quake would be much more disastrous because it would happen closer to Palm Springs, San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles. The Landers quake was the strongest in the lower 48 states since the magnitude-7.7 Tehachapi quake near Bakersfield in 1952. The government lists it as the world's strongest quake of 1992, although many seismologists believe it really ranked third. The quake started 4.5 miles under Landers at 4:58 a.m. In 24 seconds, it broke five faults, opening a 53-mile-long gash across the Mojave Desert, including the Drages' yard. The house stood, but its contents were trashed. Near the epicenter, an upright piano somersaulted 15 feet across the Grubstake Restaurant. Water heaters toppled. Pipes broke. Toilets and sinks were yanked from walls. One-ton refrigerators and a stove flew across the kitchen. The building jumped up and down. "I thought, "This is it! We're all gonna die!,'" said owner Roger Stockman, 41, whose family survived with only bruises and cuts. Three hours later, at 8:05 a.m., the 6.7 quake struck Big Bear. It was closer to Los Angeles, and thus more frightening there than the stronger Landers quake. Within days, Gov. Pete Wilson and then-President Bush declared an emergency. Some people fled in terror as aftershocks rumbled through the region. Most stayed and rebuilt, but "a lot of people have not repaired what was damaged. They can't afford it," said Dr. J.L. Woodring, a Yucca Valley veterinarian. The government provided S59 million in aid, but some home and business owners were frustrated by bureaucratic rules, lacked insurance or had trouble getting private loans. Some still live in trailers outside damaged homes. In Yucca Valley, a new Kmart opened near the wrecked one. The partly collapsed Yucca Bowl is being rebuilt. Landers' ruptured water lines have been fixed. Tourism remains below normal in Big Bear, more due to recession than the quakes, said chamber of commerce director Brad Sullivan. Rebuilding seemed faster in affluent Big Bear than in desert towns, but mountain dwellers have been slower to acknowledge psychological trauma and are now making more calls seeking counseling. HIGHLIGHTS OF EARTHQUAKES Facts about the Landers and Big Bear earthquakes of June 28, 1992: MAGNITUDES —The U.S. Geological Survey s National Earthquake Information Center officially lists "surface wave" magnitudes of 7.6 for Landers and 6.7 for Big Bear, but calls them Richter scale magnitudes for simplicity. On the "seismic moment" magnitude scale seismologists consider most accurate for big quakes, recent studies show Landers measured 7.3 and Big Bear 6.4. SIGNIFICANCE — The Landers quake was the strongest in the lower 48 United States since California's 7.7 Tehachapi quake in 1952. At the official magnitude of 7.6, the Landers quake was the world's strongest in 1992; at 7.3, it was third strongest. The Landers-Big Bear quakes increased the likelihood of a disastrous quake on the San Andreas fault. TOLL —The state lists one death, 402 injuries and at least $92 million damage, including 104 homes and 'businesses destroyed and another 4,508 damaged. Much weaker jolts have killed thousands in other ;> nations. The toll was light for such strong quakes because they shook sparsely populated areas while most people were sleeping in homes built under California's tough building codes. LOCATIONS — The Landers quake was centered in the Mojave Desert between Landers and Yucca Valley, 110 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The Big Bear quake was centered in the San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear Lake, 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles. AFTERSHOCKS — At least 46,000 so far. The Big Bear quake was technically an aftershock of the Landers quake. FORESHOCKS — Magnitude-4.6 and 6.1 quakes near Joshua Tree National Monument on April 22, 1992, and numerous aftershocks to those jolts now are considered foreshocks to the Landers quake. The 6.1 tremor caused dozens of minor injuries and damaged dozens of buildings. ••;•••' .' •;'• " ' _' -_ . ,— i-'i Tb0 Associated Press Hfc- 'debate the 4th of July with th Coors Family of Fine Products! MANUfACTWM'S COUPON EXPIRES JUIT 7, 19W Good M ONE 12-PACK or TWO 6-PACKS of ORIGINAL COORS, EXTRA GOLD, COORS EXTRA GOLD LIGHT, COORS , DRY or COORS CUTTER NON-ALCOHOLIC BREW 12 fl. n. BOTTLES or CANS. Retailer- Coors Brewing Company will reimburse you for the face value of this coupon plus Be handling, provided you receive it on the sale of ONE 12-PACK or TWO 6- PACKS of OHIO NAL COORS, COORS LIGHT, COORS EXTRA GOLD, COORS EXTRA GOLD LIGHT. COORS DRY or COORS CUTTER NON-ALCOHOLIC BREW 1211 02 BOTTLES or CANS. Invoices proving purchase of sufficient stock to cover coupons presented must be shown upon request. Customers must pay any sales tax. Coupon is non-transferable, non-assignable and non-reproducible. Offer redeemable only to residents of CA and NV who are of legal drinking age. Void wherever prohibited taxed or restricted by law. Cash value 1/20 of one cent. For coupon redemption send to' Coore Brewing Company, NCH Promotional Services, P.O. Box 880244, El Paso, TX 88588-0244. 71990200041 01983 Coon Brewing Company. Golden, Colorado 80401 • Brewer ol Fine Quality Beers Since 1673. • BEER • 5R41ie State learns lessons from June 28 quakes THE BIG ONE There is a "strong scientific consensus" the quakes increased the already high risk of a more deadly earthquake on the southern San Andreas fault, said Richard Andrews, director of California's Office of Emergency Services. A 1988 federal report said there was at least a 60 percent chance within 30 years of a magnitude-7.5 to 8.3 quake on the San Andreas. Such a jolt could spell disaster for Palm Springs, San Bernardino, Riverside and metropolitan Los Angeles. TRIGGERED QUAKES Scientists used to call it coincidence when several quakes struck distant areas within a short time. But the Landers quake clearly triggered jolts in Northern California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho and even 775 miles away at Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Seismologists are now convinced distant quakes can be linked, but don't understand how. BE PREPARED The Landers quake broke water lines, leaving the town without running water for two weeks in 100-degree temperatures. That shows people should be prepared to survive without outside services — including food, water, utilities, doctors and firefighters—for days after a quake. The Associated Press PIXY IS COMING TO JCPENNEY WITH GREAT PORTRAIT VALUES AND CHOICE.' 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