A 7.1-magnitude earthquake swayed buildings and cracked foundations in Southern California on last night, sending terrified people onto the streets a day after another one hit.
It struck 11 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, according to the US Geological Survey. It was five times bigger than Thursday’s 6.4 . Mark Ghilarducci, Director of California Governors’ Office of Emergency Management, said gas leaks caused structure fires throughout the town and residents reported water main breaks, and the power and communications were out in some areas. Several injuries were reported.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said Saturday,
“On behalf of all Californians, I offer my heartfelt support to those affected by tonight’s earthquake near Ridgecrest.”
According to CNN,
The San Bernardino County Fire Department said it received multiple reports of damage as well from northwest communities. “Homes shifted, foundation cracks, retaining walls down,” the department said. “One injury (minor) with firefighters treating patient.”
Trona, a town of 2,000 people, does not have power or water, San Bernardino County Fire spokesman Jeremy Kern told CNN. Workers had been restoring power from the initial earthquake when Friday’s disrupted power again. Both earthquakes disrupted the main water system. Officials are bringing in water to residents and fire teams.No injuries have been reported in the town.
Bakersfield resident Giovanna Gomez was at home with her family when their house swayed and the water in her pool overflowed. They ran outside. “It was about a minute long,” she said. “Far larger than the one that (happened) yesterday. It was a smooth roll going back and forth.” Bakersfield is in Kern County about 110 miles from Ridgecrest. Donald Castle, who lives in Porterville west of Ridgecrest, said his house shook for nearly 25 seconds.”It was more of a shake than what we had on the Fourth. It lasted longer and was more rolling,” he said.
LA Mayor Mayor Eric Garcetti said, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported no major damage, deaths or serious injuries, but said some wires were down and power was out in some locations.