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Vallejo Buildings Red-Tagged after Earthquake

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A day after Sunday’s powerful earthquake, Vallejo is picking up the pieces.

Many of the city’s older buildings took the worst of the damage.

At least 10 buildings in Vallejo were red-tagged, or deemed unsafe to enter, and there were 13 water main breaks because of the quake.

Another 34 buildings were yellow-tagged, or deemed uninhabitable but safe to enter to get belongings.

Buck Kamphausen’s old department store was one of the damaged buildings on Georgia Street. Its top two floors were not retrofitted, and crumbled.

“We got four feet of parafit up here, it could fall, it could go through the ceilings over there, so we’ve evacuated that building,” Kamphausen said.

Debris ripped a hole right to the ground floor, but Kamphausen sees his glass as half-full. He says losing the top two floors makes his building more earthquake safe.

“Because you don’t have all that weight up there, and that’s all un-reinforced masonry, which then takes a lot of structure to reinforce,” he told FOX40.

The Vallejo Fire Department spend Monday making sure fireplaces and chimneys are secure.