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Seattle Returning to Normal After QuakeAired March 2, 2001 - 4:01 p.m. ET
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JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: Seattle now. The recovery efforts from Wednesday's powerful earthquake still underway. For a lot of folks this has been a day of inconvenience more than anything else.
Officials say about 250 people were injured in the 6.8 magnitude quake. The state capital, Olympia, appears to have suffered greater damage than Seattle. The capitol building is one of 30 buildings which is still -- which are still closed. Also, several roads and bridges remain closed today.
CNN's Tony Clark is in Seattle with more.
TONY CLARK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Life is returning to normal here in Northwest Washington, despite six counties being declared federal disaster areas, and damage estimates in the $2 billion range.
For many people here, life has just gone on, almost as usual. In fact, if you look behind me at the city of Seattle, you can see that the city is very much intact. The city itself suffered very little damage except in some of the older areas, the Pioneer Square areas where old, brick facade buildings were damaged. The facades crumbling to the ground. There is still much work ahead for people who have damaged buildings according to Governor Gary Locke.
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GOV. GARY LOCKE (D), WASHINGTON: First of all, it's all the cleanup within individual homes and businesses destroyed, pictures broken, computers and television sets. Also, roads and bridges that are severely damaged, public buildings like the state capitol, those are all very, very severely damaged. And it's based on some modeling and projections, the $2 billion, on the size, the magnitude, location of the earthquake, and the duration of the earthquake.
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CLARK: One of the reasons this area fared so well is because of the years of preparation that have gone, gone ahead. Since 1990, the state has spent some $65 million strengthening bridges. Buildings from 1970 on comply with earthquake codes. And according to the governor, all of that has laid the foundation for surviving an earthquake.
Out at the airport, Sea-Tac airport, temporary terminals had to be set up because of damage to the tower. Operations there are running about 60 percent, but improving every day according to the governor. Despite having one of the strongest earthquakes here in more than 50 years, this is an area that is bouncing back.
Tony Clark, CNN, Seattle, Washington.
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