Southern California Rattled By 6.4 Earthquake – On Thursday’s morning 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit in two decades, hit Southern California.
Southern California Rattled By 6.4 Earthquake:
The 6.4 magnitude earthquake, was centered near Ridgecrest, a region west of the Mojave Desert and around 150 miles north of Los Angeles, shook homes and buildings for hundreds of miles. More than 159 aftershocks of magnitude 2.5 or greater were recorded after the earthquake. It is a larger than normal number, but not unprecedented.
“As I understand, we have five fires,” Mayor Peggy Breeden said. “We have broken gas lines.”
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay tweeted, “Been living in Los Angeles all my life. That was the longest earthquake I’ve ever experienced. Not jerky. Smooth and rolling. But it was loooong. It was so long I thought for the first time ever, ‘Is this the big one?’ Damn. Respect Mother Nature. She’s the boss.”
Ridgecrest California Earthquake Damage:
There were also power outages in the city of 28,000 residents in Southern California. The National Weather Service said, the forecasted high temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Though no immediate damage or injuries were reported in L.A., the Kern County Fire Department covering the Ridgecrest area.
Read the statement comes from Los Angeles Police Department, “In light of the recent earthquake, the Los Angeles Police Department is working with the Los Angeles Fire Department and other city agencies to address any public safety matters. The earthquake was centered in the Searles Valley area located approximately 160 miles east of Los Angeles and at this time, there are not any reports of serious damage to City infrastructure, nor have any injuries been reported in Los Angeles.”
In Kern County, at the epicenter, the Fire Department responded to more than 20 incidents relating to the earthquake and aftershocks, including fires and medical emergencies.
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the quake, tweeting, “All seems to be very much under control!”
The Kern County Fire Department informed the evacuation of the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital due to possible structural damage.
“I’ve lived in Los Angeles for 7+ years and that’s the first time an earthquake actually made me quake”, — Matt Dentler
“I know everyone’s tweeting about this LA earthquake but that shit was super long. I’m shook. Literally”, — Lucy Hale
“6.6 is strong. We felt a lil’ movement here in the valley, but all good. Prayers to those in D valley, Bakersfield, S Valley, Kern etc. Be safe, stay prepared. #mothernature”, — Dwayne Johnson
“Reported as 6.6 magnitude near Searles Valley, CA. 135 miles from where I am. Felt for a long minute. Lights swaying but no damage”, — Lester Holt
“That was the biggest earthquake I’ve ever felt”, — Kumail Nanjiani
California Earthquake Insurance:
For earthquakes, one must buy a separate policy from a private insurer or, if one lives in California, from the state’s California Earthquake Authority.
According to a July 2018 study by the California Department of Insurance, about 13% of California residents purchased earthquake coverage in 2017.