Emergency Management

Earthquake Update
Posted By Sheri Badger on Mar 1st, 2001 at 9:25 AM

Pierce County emergency management officials are continuing to assess damages from the 6.8 magnitude earthquake centered near Anderson Island in Pierce County. An aftershock of a magnitude 3.4 was felt early this morning at about 1:10 a.m. This secondary quake was centered near McNeil Island, within two miles of the initial epicenter. Official Visits FEMA Director Joe Allbaugh arrived in Washington State last night at 11 p.m. He is scheduled to meet with Pierce County officials later today. Emergency Declaration Executive John Ladenburg declared a state of emergency for Pierce County. “It appears the damage suffered by Pierce County was not as extensive as other areas,” Ladenburg said. “Nevertheless, there has been enough damage to schools, roads and buildings to warrant a state of emergency.” Injuries Currently, 51 injuries have been reported in Pierce County, three of which are considered critical. Elderly individuals who fell during the quake suffered the critical injuries. Road and Bridge Status

  State Route 302 at milepost 4.7 to Wright Bliss Road (Victor fill vicinity), dropped two feet and is closed. The road at milepost 5 is closed due to a landslide. A detour is being made.

  Chambers Creek Bridge closed Structural Damage Seven homes may be evacuated near Salmon Beach. Geologists surveying the area are worried that aftershocks or rain may loosen 10-20,000 cubic meters of soil on the upslope. Building inspectors from the City of Tacoma are responding to survey the homes and will keep us posted on whether they decide to evacuate. Yesterday, one cabin in the area slid down the hillside and four others were evacuated. School Closures in Pierce County today:

  Orting District

  Sumner District

  Harbor Ridge Middle School (Peninsula District)

  Steilacoom High School

  Chief Leschi