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Damage Estimate From Rural NorCal Quake Tops $1M

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A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck near Greenville in Plumas County on May 23, 2013. (CBS)

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck near Greenville in Plumas County on May 23, 2013. (CBS)

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QUINCY, Plumas County (CBS / AP) — Officials in a part of rural northeastern California that was shaken by a magnitude-5.7 earthquake last week are estimating that the temblor caused more than $1 million in damage.

Plumas County Office of Emergency Services Director Jerry Sipe said Tuesday that more than 50 homes in the Lake Almanor basin were damaged during the quake on Thursday night. The basin occupies a rugged region where the Sierra and Cascade mountains meet.

Sipe says broken and toppled chimneys were the most common type of damage, but that the quake also broke decks, porches and windows. Some homes suffered flooding and water damage, and one was lifted off its foundation.

The earthquake also ruptured a tank that supplies residential drinking water, but an advisory instructing customers to boil their drinking water was lifted over the weekend.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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