1983 Coalinga Earthquake - Response

Response

In response to the earthquake, the California Seismic Safety Commission was tasked with conducting a specific comprehensive investigation into the 1983 Coalinga earthquake, providing funding and expert technical assistance to the people of Coalinga for planning and reconstruction, and preparing and publishing a comprehensive report on the Coalinga earthquake. Coalinga recovered 98 percent of their expenses in repairing and rebuilding public buildings at a time when an 85 percent recovery rate was considered the standard success rate. In September 2006, the California Seismic Safety Commission was renamed the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission in honor of the then recently deceased California politician Al Alquist. In addition, the commission member's per diem expenses were raised from $50 to $100 per day and their duties specific to the 1983 Coalinga earthquake were deleted before the comprehensive report was prepared.

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