Saturday, July 6, 2019

USGS Warns California: Prepare For An Even BIGGER Earthquake

Speaking to SFGate, U.S. Geological Survey expert Susan Hough said: ‘For a 6.5 quake you’d expect a lot of aftershocks. You’d expect the biggest to be 5.5 and so far the biggest has been 4.7.
‘With any earthquake, there is a 5 percent chance something even bigger will happen within the next three days. If it did, it would be in the same remote area.’
Los Angeles city bosses have promised to revamp the ShakeAlert system after residents did not receive a notification about the quake.
‘The ShakeAlert app only sends alerts if shaking is 5.0+ in LA County. Epicenter was 6.4 in Kern County, USGS confirms LA’s shaking was 4.5,’ a statement said.
‘We hear you and will lower the alert threshold.’
ShakeAlert detected the quake, giving 48 seconds of warning to the seismology lab before the shaking arrived in Pasadena.
Officials in San Bernardino County said the quake caused water mains to break, downed power lines, cracked buildings and caused rock slides on roads.
A car passes over a fissure that opened on a highway near Ridgecrest yesterday
At least four large aftershocks have been recorded, measuring 4.7, 3.5, 3.8 and 4.2 magnitude, officials said.
President Donald Trump said he was fully briefed on the earthquake and that it ‘all seems to be very much under control’.
Several celebrities also tweeted about the quake.
Actress Gabrielle Union tweeted that the she was using the bathroom at the time of the earthquake.
‘The fact that I experienced that longa** earthquake while on the toilet at the gym…and immediately blamed the celery juice, is about right. Lordt,’ she joked.
Ava DuVernay also tweeted: ‘Been living in Los Angeles all my life. That was the longest earthquake I’ve ever experienced. Not jerky. Smooth and rolling. But it was loooong.
‘It was so long I thought for the first time ever ‘Is this the big one?’ Damn. Respect Mother Nature. She’s the boss.’
Trevor Noah said: ‘That earthquake was not fun…’
‘6.6 is strong. We felt a lil’ movement here in the valley, but all good. Prayers to those in D valley, Bakersfield, S Valley, Kern etc. Be safe, stay prepared,’ Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson tweeted.
The Los Angeles Airport said that all of their ‘runways have been inspected with no reported damage to the airfield or the Sepulveda tunnel. Operations remain normal’.
Video posted online of a liquor store in Ridgecrest showed the aisles filled with broken wine and liquor bottles, knocked down boxes and other groceries strewn on the floor. Flames were seen shooting out of one home in the community.
According to European quake agency, EMSC, the quake was felt in an area inhabited by some 20 million people. This graphic shows the areas where the quake was felt
Another video shows the moment the quake even created waves in a resident’s swimming pool.
Cora Burke, a waitress at Midway Cafe in Ridgecrest, said: ‘It almost gave me a heart attack.’
‘It’s just a rolling feeling inside the building, inside the cafe and all of a sudden everything started falling off the shelf, glasses, the refrigerator and everything in the small refrigerator fell over.’
Ashleigh Chandler, a helicopter rescue EMT at Fort Irwin, California, said the quake happened as she was getting ready for a July 4th party.
‘I was just in the living room getting everything ready, we start to feel the shaking, so then I look up and then the wine bottles start rattling and I thought, ‘They’re going to fall.’
‘My sister was in the house and my dog, so we just got everyone outside and then it ended. It was like 15, 20 seconds, maybe. It was pretty good shaking, so I’m out of breath.
‘Everyone’s OK.’
Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology’s seismology lab, said the earthquake was the strongest since a 7.1 quake struck in the area on October 16, 1999.
‘This has been an extremely quiet abnormal time,’ Jones said. ‘This type of earthquake is much more normal … The long term average is probably once every five or 10 years somewhere in Southern California.’
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