Big Temblor Is Followed by Worst Quake in 20 Years - Page 2

The aftershocks may continue for years
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 6, 2019 5:30 AM CDT
Updated Jul 6, 2019 1:05 PM CDT

  • The science: The increased risk is based on a simple fact: earthquakes increase the chance for more earthquakes, the LA Times explains. But the "Big One" is unlikely to occur because the San Andreas fault is a distant 100 miles away.
  • On video: Viral videos of the Friday quake include shaking in the Los Angeles Dodgers press box (the players kept playing) and merchandise falling from the shelves in local businesses, Newsweek reports. Another video shows news anchors hiding under their desk.
  • The governor: California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency after the second temblor, CNN reports. "The state is coordinating mutual aid to local first responders," he tweeted.
  • Trona: The worst-hit town is Trona, which is 20 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, per the Sacramento Bee. Officials say broken roads make it hard to reach its 1,500 residents, and there's concern about the Searles Valley Minerals plant, which manufactures borax materials and other compounds in the town.
  • Health care: Patients at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital were wheeled outside after the Friday quake and tended to by nurses in the dark, CNN reports. Some were still hooked to IVs.
  • The future: The current earthquake sequence will likely last a while: "Years, probably," says the LA Times.
(Read more earthquake stories.)

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