Second Major Earthquake Hit Southern California Five Times Harder Than The First One!

Second Major Earthquake Hit Southern California Five Times Harder Than The First One!

Governor Gavin Newson has activated the higest state of alert through out the state for assistance. More earthquakes are possible.

Another powerful earthquake of  7.1-magnitude hit the Southern parts of California on Friday according to CNN. The merciless quake hit 11 miles northeast of Ridgecrest as per the US Geological Survey. This comes a day after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake which was centered near Ridgecrest as per Brandon Miller, CNN's Meteorologist. The recent earthquake whose effect has been said to have been 5 times bigger than the first one forced people to leave the comfort of their bed at night and scramble out in the street. 


Among several other damages was a fire breakout, which was caused due to a gas leak in Ridgecrest. The residents of the area also reported how the natural calamity harmed the necessary amenities around them. The Director of California Governors' Office of Emergency Management, Mark Ghilarducci reported the interruption of communication, power, and water in some areas. Megan Person, the Spokeswoman of Kern County reported several injuries in the area. 


Person informed of 130 residents from Bakersfield and Trona who were forced to take up a temporary shelter due to the calamity. On Saturday, Governor Gavin Newsom extended his condolences and said, "On behalf of all Californians, I offer my heartfelt support to those affected by tonight's earthquake near Ridgecrest." Newsom also requested a presidential emergency declaration in order to get proper assistance. 


The Fire Department at the San Bernardino County provided several reports of damage in the northwest communities. "Homes shifted, foundation cracks, retaining walls down," said the department. "One injury (minor) with firefighters treating patients." The quake caused a lot of damage and a town called Trona is one of them. Jeremy Kern, a spokesman for the  San Bernardino County Fire Department told the outlet that the 2000-people town, Trona, does not have any power or water supply at the moment.


The lines were first hampered by the first earthquake and the workers had been busy repairing that. However, with the second impact things got worse. Unfortunately, both the earthquakes seem to have deranged the main water system which would take a while to be restored. While the work continues, officials and fire teams are busy fetching water to the residents of the area. Thankfully, no one was injured in the town of Trona.


Describing her experience, Giovanna Gomez, a resident of Bakersfield (situated 110 miles from Ridgecrest) mentioned how she ran outside with her family when they felt the house sway. Outside, the water from the pool had overflowed. "It was about a minute long," she recalled. "Far larger than the one that (happened) yesterday. It was a smooth roll going back and forth." Another witness, Donald Castle shared an account of this event. Residing in Porterville west of Ridgecrest, Castle described how his house had been shaking for almost 25 seconds. 


"It was more of a shake than what we had on the Fourth. It lasted longer and was more rolling," explained, Castle. , Kern County Fire Department's Chief, David Witt said that no reports of major gas leaks or destruction surfaced. Although, they did receive many calls for medical assistance and an ambulance facility. Mayor Eric Garcetti said slight tremors were felt in Los Angeles which is situated 150 miles south of Ridgecrest, however, there weren't any reports of serious damage. 


According to the reports of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, there weren't any cases of deaths or fatal injuries, however, there was some power outage in a few locations due to the damage to some wires. The vibrations of this earthquake were felt as far as  Mexico and Las Vegas as per the USGS. Due to prior reports of the quake, the NBA Summer League game between the New York Knicks and the New Orleans Pelicans held in Las Vegas was postponed, When it hit, the scoreboard and the speakers seated near the ceiling were seen shaking. The possibility of more earthquakes has been revealed, and Newsom has already raised the highest alert in his state. 


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