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Quake slams town's economy

If residential damage in Paso Robles appears comparatively light after the Dec. 22 earthquake, people should not overlook the economic impact.

BY SUSAN KIM | PASO ROBLES, Calif. | December 29, 2003

If residential damage in Paso Robles appears comparatively light after the Dec. 22 earthquake, people should not overlook the damage to businesses and the economic impact it will have on residents, said the Rev. Roger Caole at the Live Oak Christian Church in Paso Robles.

"We are thinking about opening our church up to one of the businesses that lost everything, just so they have a place to do business," said Caole. "We will open up the church without charging rent."

There are many businesses that are looking at what Coale describe as "no solution."

And an economic downturn will impact everyone in town.

Caole, like many local pastors in Paso Robles, has been working extended hours, offering spiritual care for his congregation. "I'm not sure, though, at this point, that they're reaching out to the church," he said.

And anxiety increased for some residents Monday after a 3.8-magnitude earthquake a new quake and not an aftershock hit the San Simeon area at 1:05 a.m., in the vicinity of where last week's deadly quake struck, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

There were no reports of damage or injuries, according to the USGS.

The new quake was centered about five miles northeast of San Simeon, according to the USGS.

Meanwhile cleanup was continuing in the wake of the Dec. 22 earthquake, magnitude 6.5, which caused $200 million in damage, most of it in the Paso Robles area.

Dozens of aftershocks have been recorded in the past week.


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