ERIC Number: ED243527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-3
Reference Count: N/A
The 1983 Coalinga Earthquakes and West Hills Community College: In Thirty Seconds You Can Lose Everything. Management Report, 1984-4/3.
Wallace, Mark L.
On May 2, 1983, Coalinga, California was rocked by an earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale. Since May, the Coalinga region has endured 8 aftershocks at 5.0 or larger on the Richter Scale, 30 shocks at 4.0 or larger, over 300 shocks at 3.0 or larger, and over 4,000 shocks at 2.0 and larger. From all known data on the faults of the region, it was generally believed prior to May 2 that Coalinga would not suffer from a large earthquake. Local damage resulting from the earthquake and aftershocks amounted to around $31 million, with an estimated $1.7 million in damages occurring on the West Hills Community College (WHCC) campus. The college's theatre, pools, gymnasium, chemistry lab, and several other facilities suffered damages. In some areas, problems could have been prevented and the college is taking steps to forestall future damage. WHCC learned several valuable lessons about disaster preparedness as the result of the earthquake, including the following: (1) chemicals must be stored in secure facilities; (2) maintenance personnel should know the location of chemical storage sites and the nature of the chemicals stored; (3) all buildings should be up to current codes; (4) maintenance staff should know the location of electric generators, and gas, electricity, and water shutoffs; (5) evacuation plans and drills should be conducted in dormitories; and (6) the college should play a major role in community recovery efforts. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association of California Community Coll. Administrators.