Ca. Gov. Schwarzenegger Proclaims State of Emergency in Humboldt County Due to Earthquake

SACRAMENTO /California Newswire/ — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today proclaimed a state of emergency in Humboldt County due to a 6.5 earthquake which occurred on Saturday, January 9, 2010 that impacted the northern coast of California, disrupted utilities and caused damage to at least 175 structures.

The text of the proclamation is below:


WHEREAS January 9, 2010, an approximately 6.5-magnitude earthquake impacted the northern coast of California; and

WHEREAS aftershocks are continuing to impact the region; and

WHEREAS the earthquake disrupted utilities and caused damage to at least 175 structures; and

WHEREAS damages caused by the earthquake are expected to exceed $28 million; and

WHEREAS on January 12, 2010, Humboldt County declared a local emergency and requested that I declare a state of emergency; and

WHEREAS the circumstances of this earthquake, by the reason of its magnitude, are beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment and facilities of any single county, city and county, or city and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat; and

WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8558(b) of the California Government Code, I find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exist due to the earthquake on the northern coast.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the state Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the California Government Code, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist within Humboldt County.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that all agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of my California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) and the State Emergency Plan, and that Cal EMA provide local government assistance under the authority of the California Disaster Assistance Act.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this proclamation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 12th Day of January 2010.

Governor of California


Secretary of State

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