Southern California celebrates Independence Day with 6.4 earthquake

Largest earthquake in decades hits Southern California, measuring 6.4 magnitude (LA TIMES): An 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California Thursday, the largest temblor to hit the region in decades. The quake was centered in the Searles Valley, a remote area of San Bernardino about 100 miles from Los Angeles. It was unclear of the temblor caused major damage or injuries. (MORE)

Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Rocks Southern California on 4th of July (KTLA-TV): . . . Thursday’s earthquake was the largest to hit Southern California in about 25 years, since the catastrophic 6.6 Northridge quake devastated the region in 1994, killing dozens of people and causing billions of dollars in damages. (MORE)

Already a Wikipedia entry: 2019 Ridgecrest earthqukes

(edit) LA Times link above UPDATE: . . . There were no immediate reports of fatalities, though authorities in the city of Ridgecrest were responding to dozens of emergency calls. The Kern County Fire Department was responding to “nearly 2 dozen incidents ranging from medical assistance to structure fires in and around the city of Ridgecrest,” according to the department’s Twitter account. There were scattered reports of problems at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. Reached by phone, Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breeden said authorities were in the process of assessing the hospital. "It's a little crazy here right now,” she said before quickly ending the call.

[...] Caltech seismologist Lucy Jones, California’s foremost earthquake expert, told a midday news conference in Pasadena to anticipate more shaking on the Fourth of July. “We should be expecting lots of aftershocks,” Jones said. She estimated that there was a “greater than 50-50” chance of an earthquake of magnitude 5.5 or more Thursday afternoon. By 12:30 p.m. more than 65 aftershocks had been recorded, including three that registered above magnitude 4.5.

[...] “There is about a 1 in 20 chance that this location will be having an even bigger earthquake in the next few days, and that we have not yet seen the biggest earthquake of the sequence,” she said. “Some aftershocks will probably exceed magnitude 5, which means they’ll probably be damaging.” California has been in an earthquake drought, Jones said, but Thursday’s quake does not make the “big one” any less likely. She added, “We should always be preparing for the big one.”

Ridgecrest Mayor Reports Five Fires After Earlier Magnitude 6.4 Quake (KTVN): Ridgecrest, California, Mayor Peggy Breeden says firefighters are working to put out five fires in the area following an earthquake but that she didn't know if any injuries have been reported. Breeden tells CNN utility workers are assessing broken gas lines and turning off gas where necessary. Breeden says the local senior center was holding a Fourth of July event when the quake hit. She says everyone made it out shaken up but without injuries. (MORE)

Dozens Of Aftershocks Rock Our SoCal July 4th Holiday (LAist): The earthquake was not along the San Andreas fault, the one we're all watching while thinking about the Big One. [...] Thursday morning's earthquake was on the Little Lake fault. The last time there was major activity on that fault was a swarm in 1982, with the largest being a 5.2 quake. Today's earthquake was likely powerful enough to break the earth's surface. Southern California could be hit by an earthquake 125 times stronger than the one felt Thursday morning, with much more populated areas feeling the impact.

[...] The fellowship hall ceiling at First Baptist Church in Trona, near Ridgecrest, caved in, according to Pastor Larry Cox. "We had a lot of our things come off the shelves," Cox said. "The ladies' bathroom ceiling came down. We had two broken windows."

[...In Los Angeles...] The quake did not set off a relatively new app that is designed to give people as much as a 45-second warning ahead of a sizable earthquake. The lack of warning from the city's ShakeAlertLA app left some people confused. But according to the city and scientists, the system worked as intended. The level of shaking forecast for Los Angeles was not strong enough to trigger an alert...

[...] People from throughout Southern California felt the earthquake. Lena Nguyen, who lives in Long Beach, said that she was sitting in her living room when she felt it. As she felt the intensity increase, she grabbed her dog and ran out of the house.

[...] Kyle Stokes was in his Silver Lake apartment when the shaking started. He said that he didn't feel it at first, but noticed what sounded like rain on the roof — before realizing that his picture frames were shaking, with shaking lasting for about 10 seconds.

Libby Denkmann felt a slow swaying in Highland Park as the house shifted back and forth, describing it as feeling like they were dizzy or unsteady on their feet.

In California City, about 50 miles from the epicenter, Steve Colerick was vacuuming his pool when the earthquake stuck — waves started to slosh around. He didn't see any damage locally. Theresa Grimshaw's dogs woke up when the earthquake hit in California City, but they were back asleep 30 minutes later. "Just some rumbling and gentle shaking," she said, adding, "we've been through worse." (MORE)
No reports of any damage in LA, Vegas or Bakersfield as far as I've heard. It was widely felt though. The earthquake was centered in a desert region about halfway between LA and Vegas. It's a fairly remote desert area, with some small communities... and military bases. There's lots of military training areas out there, where they drive tanks around the desert and pretend that it's the middle east.

Apparently the nearest reasonably large town was Ridgecrest, population about 27,000, located adjacent to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, the largest US Navy base by land area, larger than Rhode Island. Most of it is a Navy test range with lots of R&D. A big place where they can fly jets, release ordinance and test weapons systems. And Ridgecrest is kind of a military and defense-contractor company-town where everyone lives. (Not much else around.) Ridgecrest is about 11 miles from the earthquake epicenter, and things don't seem to be normal at the moment in Ridgecrest.

Watched the news conference. The local hospital in Ridgcrest is been at least partially evacuated, with patients shipped off to another hospital in Palmdale. Multiple earthquake-related injuries, all reportedly minor, caused by things like broken windows or shelves in the supermarket toppling. Small number of house fires. Gas leaks. Cracks in some roads that are still being assessed, so no word on road closures. The fire chief says it's all the normal stuff they expect in earthquakes. They have more Ridgecrest calls than they have firefighters, but additional crews are being rushed in as off-duty firefighters report in and mutual aid arrives.

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Here's a little video of the inside of a liquor store in Ridgecrest

This photo was taken before the earthquake and just shows what Ridgecrest looks like

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they got off lightly
Knocked Trump's military festival out of the news cycle. Thanks Mother Earth!
(Jul 5, 2019 05:26 AM)Magical Realist Wrote: Knocked Trump's military festival out of the news cycle. Thanks Mother Earth!

i was hoping the military would get on board and force the local federal government to pay the bill for the parades out of the Forrest and parks conservation funds.

then have a dirt cross rally at mar-a-largo on all the greens & fairways

would be awesome !

someone probably cancelled the parade when they found out how many black people would be in the military parade
worried the southerners would think it was a Mexican invasion army taking over the capital and then the yocals would go full-kanye

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