This week, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced over $500 million will help in the rebuilding process for the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake after it sustained damages from the July earthquakes.
The base suffered damage from a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on July 4, then, a 7.1 on July 5.
According to Senator Feinstein, a total of $585 million from the Defense funding bill was secured to help repair a total of 230 buildings at the base that were damaged. The senator said that there is a total of $4 billion worth of damages from the earthquakes that need to be repaired.
In a statement Senator Feinstein said:
“I thank the Senate Appropriations Committee for including this funding, and the Navy and Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breeden for their advocacy in getting this done so quickly after the earthquakes struck.”
The Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake hosts 40 major laboratories on 6 million square feet of labs and facilities.