The massive earthquake hit on the southern part of California on 4th July 2019, Thursday. It is recorded as the largest earthquake hit on Southern California. The earthquake was large enough to shake Las Vegas to Long Beach.

The earthquake arrived at 10:33 a.m with magnitudes 6.4 temblors was centered about 125 miles northeast of Los Angeles in the remote Searles Valley area of Kern County. According to the authorities said that there were no serious injurious nor any death report. The major infrastructure was damaged, the emergency helper was 24 hours of services around the city of Ridgecrest.

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital patients were evacuated “out of caution,” said James Suver, Chief Executive of the hospital. About 20 patients were transported to other installations while broken tubes were checked in the facility by seismic technicians. “We will stabilize them for real emergencies and then bring them to the correct level of care,” he said.

From nearby cities, congressional representatives like Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Sen. Kamala Harris and even the White House, Mayor Peggy Breeden said Ridgecrest, a place of about 29,000 known to many skiers as a pit stop on the manner to Mammoth, was inundated with aid offerings.

It had been nearly five years before Thursday since the state experienced a magnitude 6 or stronger earthquake. Experts had said that the calm period would surely end, and it would probably bring destruction when it did. The Searles Valley quake’s sparsely populated place seemed to mitigate the harm. A comparable temblor, like the Northridge quake of magnitude 6.7 in 1994, would certainly have meant death and serious property damage in the Los Angeles basin. The Searles Valley rocking started with two foreshocks: a magnitude 4 original quake at 10:02 a.m. A 2.5 temblor hit seven minutes later. About 24 minutes later, the seven-mile underground shock started lasting fives seconds.

Residents in Los Angeles said the quake had a rolling quality that lasted more than a minute— long enough for many to pull out cell phones and document swinging chandeliers and sloshing pools. Cynthia Alvarez, who was working at a El Segundo hotel when the quake occurred, said she was dizzy by the shaking. “It’s not going to stop. It just continued to feel like you were in a ship, “said Alvarez. Over 87 aftershocks were reported by the late afternoon, including three that were recorded above magnitude 4.5.

California Institute of Technology seismologist Lucy Jones, the state’s leading expert on earthquake, said aftershocks will continue to rumble through Kern County, and there is little chance that the quake will be a “foreshock” of an even greater trembling to come. “There’s about a 1-in-20 chance that in the next few days this site will have an even bigger earthquake, and we haven’t seen the sequence’s largest earthquake yet,” she said. “We should always prepare for the big one.” The U.S. Geological Survey sent geologists to Kern County to look for a rupture of the surface and collect other data.

Original Source: Los Angeles Times

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