Wichita suffered more than $100,000 in damage to public buildings and infrastructure from two earthquakes on Jan. 6, according to an incident report, and the city plans to release an update to its emergency response plan for earthquakes.
The city will have to pay for the repairs out of its operating budget because its earthquake insurance deductible is $250,000.
Government scientists say the earthquake was most likely caused by injections of wastewater by oil fracking companies.
The city released a 23-page earthquake incident report detailing the damage suffered. The report states the earthquake measured a 5 on the U.S. Geological Survey scale between 1 and 10 for its intensity. This means “perceived shaking is moderate” and “potential for damage is very light.”
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About $60,000 of the cost came from repairing 10 water main breaks in the days that followed the earthquakes, a number much higher than normal, according to a news release.
The list of damage provided by the city included:
▪ Foundation and drywall damage to two police substations, two Park and Recreation centers and two community centers
▪ Foundation and drywall damage to Mid-America All-Indian Center
▪ Damage to concrete masonry and ceramic tiles at the Alford Library
▪ Damage to bricks at the Park Villa restroom building
The release said staff made the list based on investigations of whether reported damage after the earthquake was new and “potentially earthquake-related.” The city will make repairs to buildings according to whether they are functional or cosmetic.
The city inspected its “water supply infrastructure, water and waste-water treatment infrastructure, transmission mains and pump stations, city facilities, streets, bridges, railroads, the Cheney Dam, the Wichita/Valley Center Floodway, Brooks Landfill, and storm water drainage structures.”
The city’s report showed elevated levels of E. coli in the Arkansas River, though not a dangerous amount, likely from agriculture upstream and not from a broken sewer line.
“Staff are also working to enhance the Earthquake Response Plan,” according to the release. “So that we can be prepared in the event that these earthquakes increase in frequency or magnitude.”
Pipe repair costs
2500 E. Central, 2-inch main
Lulu & Zimmerly, 2-inch main
1533 S. Greenwood, 2-inch main
7503 E. Orme, 2-inch main
1421 N. Minnesota, 2-inch main
4633 S. Gold, 4-inch main
531 S. Crestway, 6-inch main
155 S. Battin, 6-inch main
303 S. Topeka, 8-inch main
2825 N. Market, 12-inch main
Building repair costs
Evergreen Library, 2601 N. Arkansas
Crack in wall
Hyde Park community building, 201 S. Greenwood
Multiple cracks in wall
McAdams recreation center, 1329 E. 16th St.
Police Station West, 661 N. Elder
Crack in masonry
Park Villa restroom building: 1029 N. Bitting
Small chips of brick fell
Evergreen Neighborhood City Hall, 2700 N. Woodland
Floor rise; cracks in floor/wall
Mid-America All-Indian Center, 560 N. Seneca
Police and Fire Station East, 350 S. Edgemoor
18 feet of tiles buckled upward
Alford Library, 3447 S. Meridian
Cracks in walls, masonry, tile floor, stairs
Lynette Woodard recreation center, 2750 E. 18th
Cracks in basement