Wells, Nevada earthquake damage less than feared

February 27, 2008

The earthquake damage in Wells, Nevada was not sufficient to warrant a federal disaster declaration, according to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Region 9 Voluntary Agency Liaison John Chavez.


Chavez reports that only three buildings were destroyed and all other damages were considered minor. The area will receive assistance from the Nevada Household Disaster Assistance Program, however, and will be eligible for Small Business Administration loans. USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) will also be offering assistance.


Three people sustained minor injuries but no one was killed. The timing of the quake – in the early morning hours of Thursday, February 21 – in all likelihood contributed to the low number of casualties. And, though hundreds of homes, the high school, medical clinic and three churches sustained some damage, the buildings that were leveled were located in the largely vacant historic district.


Eight people were sheltered Thursday night and seven on Saturday night.


Conference Volunteers in Mission and Disaster Response Coordinator Sue King has been monitoring the situation throughout.


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