A powerful earthquake jolted Southern California, starting fires, damaging buildings and forcing the evacuation of a hospital in a desert town northeast of Los Angeles. However, there were only minor injuries.
The 6.4 magnitude quake, probably the most powerful in Southern California in 25 years, struck about 113 miles northeast of Los Angeles close to the city of Ridgecrest at around 10:30 a.m. PDT (1730 GMT), based on the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter was on the edge of Death Valley National Park.
The Kern County Fire Department stated it was dealing with “multiple injuries” that is described as minor, two house fires, small brush fires and gas leaks.
California Governor Gavin Newsom accredited an emergency proclamation, and Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breeden mentioned she had declared a state of emergency – a step that allows the city to obtain assist from outside agencies.
The earthquake is the largest in Southern California for the reason that the 1994 magnitude 6.6 Northridge earthquake, USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso mentioned. That quake, which was centered in a closely populated space of Los Angeles, killed 57 people and caused billions of dollars of harm.
Ridgecrest Regional Hospital was being evacuated, and sufferers had been being moved to different areas for concern of a robust aftershock, she stated. About 15 patients had been moved, local media mentioned, citing fire officials.
Though no injuries had been reported, Breeden mentioned she had requested residents to test on their neighbors within the excessive desert city, which has inhabitants of about 28,000.
Some 5,851 customers had been without power in Kern County, according to poweroutage.us.