The move left Trona temporarily cut off. California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Chr
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Ron Mikulaco, 51, and his nephew, 23-year-old Brad Fernandez, stood on 178 on Saturday looking at the cracks.
上海419品茶微信The pair drove from Huntington Beach, some 170 miles (274 k
ilometers) southwest of Ridgecrest. Mikulaco, an amateur geologist, wanted to show his nep
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“We put that in the GPS and we’ll get as close as we can,” Fernandez said.
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ce. But police Chief Jed McLaughlin said there was “nothing but minor injuries such as cuts and bruises, by the grace of God.”
Two building fires — one involving a mobile home — were quickly doused, McLaughlin said, and natural gas lines where leaks were reported were shut off.
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San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood said FEMA delivered a tractor-trailer full of bottle
d water because of damage to water lines. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for the county.
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“I would say 70% of my inventory is on the floor, broken,” he said. “Ev
ery time you sweep and you put stuff in the dust bin, you’re putting $200 in the trash.”
But he has stopped cleaning up, believing another earthquake is on the way.
Lucy Jones, a seismologist at the California Institute of Technol
ogy and a former science adviser at the US Geological Survey, said the new quake pro
bably ruptured along about 25 miles (40 kilometers) of fault line and was part of a continuing sequence.
The seismic activity is unlikely to affect fault lines outside of the area, Jones said, noting that the gigantic San Andreas Fault is far away.
Egill Hauksson, another Caltech seismologist, said later in the day that scientists believe the continuing seque
nce could produce more than 30,000 quakes of magnitude 1 or greater over six months.
He said the probability of a magnitude 7 over the next week is about 3%, but one or two magnitude 6 quakes are expected.