The region was struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on
The nearby mining town of
Authorities estimated the damage to both towns at about
"Three buildings from the exterior appeared to be fine and probably safe for entry, but upon further investigation the roofs had actually collapsed," he said, adding inspectors may find others in that condition.
Gardner said commissioners are also waiting for more information from the Naval base, where security is tight.
Miyamoto noted that many of
"As we know, newer
That was not so much the case in
Buildings flooded when water heaters toppled over and ruptured gas lines sparked fires, and roads, highways and sidewalks also buckled.
Other utilities to both towns have been restored, and Gardner said a local assistance center opened in
The commission itself plans to meet in
No one in the area was killed, although authorities believe the quake may have taken the life of a man in the small
Separately Thursday, California Insurance Commissioner
Contrary to some reports, they said the insurance is available everywhere in
Associated Press Writer