The AFTERMATH of California’s Massive Back-to-Back Earthquakes – And This Wasn’t Even “The Big One”

Sunday, July 7, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Daisy Luther
July 7, 2019

Since Thursday, Southern California has been hit with a series of earthquakes and aftershocks all the way up to two that measured 6.4 and a whopping 7.1 magnitude. The epicenter of both quakes was near the town of Ridgecrest, with a population of nearly 29,000 people.

The Earthquakes

On the Fourth of July, the strongest earthquake in 20 years struck, with the epicenter in the Mojave Desert. This earthquake registered a 6.4 on the Richter scale. The tremblor resulted in cracked roads, leaking gas lines, house fires, and multiple injuries.

Among the aftershocks was a 5.4, at 4 am Friday morning.

But that wasn’t the worst of it. More than 1700 aftershocks hit the area, which, according to seismologist Zachary Ross, “might be slightly higher than average.” Initially, it was believed that the Independence Day earthquake was the main one, but it turned out to be a foreshock.

And then, at 8:19 Friday night, a 7.1 struck 11 miles from Ridgecrest.

“The quake was felt downtown as a rolling motion that seemed to last at least a half-minute. It was felt as far away as Las Vegas, and the USGS says it also was felt in Mexico.”

…San Bernardino County firefighters reported cracked buildings and a minor injury…

….There were reports of trailers burning at a mobile home, and State Route 178 in Kern County was closed by a rockslide and roadway damage.

But Kern County Fire Chief David Witt says it appears no buildings collapsed. He also says there have been a lot of ambulance calls but no reported fatalities…

…Mark Ghillarducci, director of the California Office of Emergency Services, says there are “significant reports of structure fires, mostly as a result of gas leaks or gas line breaks throughout the city.”

He also says there’s a report of a building collapse in tiny Trona. He says there could be even more serious damage to the region. (source)

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