RIDGECREST, Calif. — Early Saturday morning, authorities from around Kern County and the city of Ridgecrest held a press conference to discuss the aftermath of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit the region on Friday, July 5th.
The earthquake hit almost 30 hours after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California on Thursday. The second even more powerful quake hit the region at 8:19 pm on Friday. The USGS gave the quake a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 with the epicenter of the quake approximately 11 miles from Ridgecrest, California, or 120 miles north of Los Angeles.
The city of Ridgecrest, which was already reeling from Thursday's quake, suffered more damage including reports of building fires and collapsed homes.
According to the Red Cross 129 people sheltered at the Kerr McGee Community Center in Ridgecrest. They currently have sufficient food and water, but are looking for a backup shelter site if needed. Supplies are being provided by LA and Kern County.
As a result, Governor Gavin Newsom has requested a presidential emergency declaration. LA County, Riverside, Fresno, and San Bernardino are assisting. However, getting resources in some areas has been a challenge. Priories continue to be medical support and firefighters.
The California Highway Patrol is working on road closures and checking on the structural integrity of roads and overpasses. The CHP also has aircraft searching as well.
The National Guard has a joint task force of about 200 to provide support services and FEMA is activating two teams to assist in recovery.