The largest earthquake in over twenty years hit Southern California on Thursday morning July 4, shaking communities from Las Vegas to Long Beach and ending a quiet period in the state’s seismic history.
The magnitude 6.4 temblor started around 10.33am over 125 miles northeast of Los Angeles in the remote Searles Valley area near where Inyo, San Bernardino and Kern counties meet.
The quake was subsequently felt as far away as Ensenada and Mexicali in Mexico, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Reno and Chico, Calif, LA times reported.
Thankfully, no deaths, serious injuries or major infrastructure damages, were reported.
Hospital Chief Executive, James Suver, said patients at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital were evacuated “out of an abundance of caution,” About 20 patients were transferred to other facilities while seismic engineers inspected broken pipes in the facility.
“For true emergencies, we will stabilize them and then get them to the right level of care,” James Suver said.
Ridgecrest, a community of about 29,000 known to many skiers as a pit stop on the way to Mammoth, was inundated with offers of help, from neighboring towns, congressional leaders such as Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Sen. Kamala Harris and even the White House, Mayor Peggy Breeden said.
”With all this cooperation … we expect we will be able to move on to this and not see too many awful things happen,” Breeden said.
The quake, estimated to have been felt by some 15 million people, was the largest with an epicenter in Southern California since the magnitude 7.1 Hector Mine quake struck the Mojave Desert in 1999, about 35 miles north of Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base.
The last earthquake felt as widely as Thursday’s was the magnitude 7.2 earthquake on Easter Sunday 2010 that had an epicenter across the border in Baja California, LA time reported.
Been fully briefed on earthquake in Southern California. All seems to be very much under control!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2019