Northwest Quake-Damages,

Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2001

Earthquake damage reported in Washington state: WATERWAYS:

--Moderate damage to the north slip at the Washington State Ferries' terminal in Seattle and damage to a ferry slip on Vashon Island. Ferries on normal schedule.

--Part of a 300-foot bluff shook loose and knocked a house in Tacoma's Salmon Beach neighborhood off its pilings and onto the beach. Several other nearby homes were evacuated Thursday.

--A landslide briefly blocked the Cedar River southeast of Seattle. One house was inundated with mud and remained unoccupied Thursday. A new river channel was widened with earth-moving equipment.

TRAINS:

--Amtrak service between Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, British Columbia, was to resume operation late Thursday afternoon.

--Sounder commuter trains between Tacoma and Seattle operating.

--Freight trains resumed operation on Burlington Northern Santa Fe lines Wednesday afternoon after tracks, bridges, tunnels and signals were inspected. Only minor track alignment problems were found, in the Nisqually River Valley north of Olympia. A total of 88 trains were delayed, said railroad spokesman Gus Melonas.

AIR TRAVEL:

--Boeing Field in Seattle was closed for much of Wednesday due to runway damage. The south half of the field's long runway was opened just after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

--Seattle-Tacoma International Airport reopened to limited traffic after a several-hour closure. All but one window broken in the control tower.

BUILDINGS:

--A number of buildings were damaged in Olympia, including the state Capitol and other government sites. The historic, two-story Washington Federal Savings Bank sheds tons of ornate stucco tile.

--In Seattle, the six-story, 77-unit Stockbridge Apartments building lost a corner of its roof, forcing its evacuation.

--Bricks and facades tumbled from several buildings in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square district. Window glass and building rubble littered some downtown sidewalks.

--Amazon.com's Seattle headquarters closed until at least Friday, to repair damage. Chunks of masonry fell from the front of the building, a former hospital in Seattle.

--Part of a tower facade at Starbucks' Seattle headquarters fell, damaging several cars below.

PRISONS:

--A natural-gas-line explosion at Cedar Creek Corrections Center near Olympia injured two Corrections Department workers who had been resetting the line's earthquake valve after problems arose with a gas-fired boiler at a residence unit.

--Damage was reported to a dining hall at the Corrections Center in Shelton and to a nonfunctioning water tower at McNeil Island. Cracks and minor damage also was reported to McNeil's Eden Creek dam.



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