The AFTERMATH of California’s Massive Back-to-Back Earthquakes – And This Wasn’t Even “The Big One”

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Since Thursday, Southern California has been hit with a series of earthquakes and aftershocks all the way up to two that measured 6.4 and a whopping 7.1 magnitude. The epicenter of both quakes was near the town of Ridgecrest, with a population of nearly 29,000 people.

The Earthquakes

On the Fourth of July, the strongest earthquake in 20 years struck, with the epicenter in the Mojave Desert. This earthquake registered a 6.4 on the Richter scale. The tremblor resulted in cracked roads, leaking gas lines, house fires, and multiple injuries.

Among the aftershocks was a 5.4, at 4 am Friday morning.

But that wasn’t the worst of it. More than 1700 aftershocks hit the area, which, according to seismologist Zachary Ross, “might be slightly higher than average.” Initially, it was believed that the Independence Day earthquake was the main one, but it turned out to be a foreshock.

And then, at 8:19 Friday night, a 7.1 struck 11 miles from Ridgecrest.

“The quake was felt downtown as a rolling motion that seemed to last at least a half-minute. It was felt as far away as Las Vegas, and the USGS says it also was felt in Mexico.”

…San Bernardino County firefighters reported cracked buildings and a minor injury…

….There were reports of trailers burning at a mobile home, and State Route 178 in Kern County was closed by a rockslide and roadway damage.

But Kern County Fire Chief David Witt says it appears no buildings collapsed. He also says there have been a lot of ambulance calls but no reported fatalities…

…Mark Ghillarducci, director of the California Office of Emergency Services, says there are “significant reports of structure fires, mostly as a result of gas leaks or gas line breaks throughout the city.”

He also says there’s a report of a building collapse in tiny Trona. He says there could be even more serious damage to the region. (source)

California governor Gavin Newsome has declared a State of Emergency. There have been fires, gas leaks, power outages, water outages, road damage, and rock slides. While only one building was reported to have collapsed, Kern County Fire Chief David Witt warned that other buildings may have been weakened after being hit by two quakes in a matter of just over 24 hours.


Los Angeles was rocked by the quakes.

Although no major damage was reported, Los Angeles felt significant movement from the second earthquake.

In downtown Los Angeles, 150 miles away, offices in skyscrapers rolled and rocked for at least 30 seconds.

The Los Angeles commuter rail service Metrolink said on Twitter it has stopped service in the city of 4 million people for the time being.

Disneyland in Orange County and Six Flags Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita closed their rides.

Juan Fernandez and Sara Donchey, two news anchors for the local CBS affiliate in Los Angeles, were seen live on the air seeking shelter as the quake struck on Friday.

‘We are experiencing quite a bit of shaking if you bear with us a moment,’ Donchey said. ‘We’re making sure nothing is going to come down in the studio here.’ A visibly terrified Donchey then grabs Fernandez’s arm.

‘This is a very strong earthquake,’ she said.  ‘8:21 here and we’re experiencing very strong shaking. I think we need to get under the desk Juan.’ Donchey then got under the desk and the station cut to a commercial break. (source)

No major damage occurred in Los Angeles.

The Naval Air Weapons Station in the Mojave was evacuated.

The Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake has evacuated all non-essential personnel and their families.

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake says it is not fully operational after back-to-back major earthquakes hit Southern California.

The station said Saturday in a Facebook post that its non-essential personnel were evacuated.

The installation in the Mojave Desert covers an area larger than Rhode Island and is the Navy’s largest single landholding.

The Facebook post says normal operations were halted until further notice and it was not clear when they would resume. (source)

The tiny town of Trona suffered extensive damage.

Trona, known as “the gateway to Death Valley” because it’s the last town before the Mojave Desert, suffered extensive damage.

Fire officials say as many as 50 structures in the small town of Trona were damaged by the magnitude 7.1 earthquake Friday night in Southern California.

In addition, San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood said Saturday that damaged water lines prompted FEMA to deliver a tractor-trailer full of bottled water to the town, and firefighters were checking numerous reports of gas leaks.

The town was temporarily cut off after the earthquake, when officials shut down a highway connecting Trona to Ridgecrest because of rockslides and cracks in the roadway.

Julia Doss, who maintains the Trona Neighborhood Watch page on Facebook, said residents reported that chimneys and entire walls collapsed during the quake.

She said the only food store in town has been shuttered. (source)

If you’ve ever driven through Trona, you know it’s not a wealthy town. Residents will be hard hit by repair bills.


It’s not over for the Ridgecrest area.

According to PBS, the affected area can expect hundreds more aftershocks.

Since this region is currently experiencing two earthquake sequences at the same time (the one caused by the 6.4 quake on the Fourth of July and the one caused by the 7.1 shake on July 5), residents should prepare for a boatload of aftershocks less than 6.0 magnitude.

The U.S. Geological Survey predicts a greater than 99% chance for a moderate earthquake (magnitude 5.0) within the next week. They also expect the region to experience 360 to 660 minor aftershocks (around magnitude 3.0) in the same amount of time. (source)

Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist for the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), says that the aftershocks of this quake could go on for years.

People throughout Southern California have been warned to prepare for the possibility of even more strong earthquakes. Go here to learn how to survive an earthquake and check out my book, Be Ready for Anything to get prepared for a lengthy aftermath.


Was this “The Big One”?

While these two quakes shook things up pretty dramatically, they don’t even hold a candle to the long-expected “Big One,” according to seismologists.

Seismologists say the “Big One” would be 125 times stronger than Thursday’s earthquake and 44 times stronger than the 1994 Northridge earthquake, which killed 57 people and caused $49 billion in economic losses. (source)

Michael Snyder wrote of the quote above:

Of course that figure is just an estimate and it is based on a hypothetical magnitude 7.8 earthquake.

Theoretically, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake would release 7,943 times as much energy as the Ridgecraft earthquake, and that would easily be the most destructive natural disaster that we have ever seen in all of U.S. history up to this point.

And please don’t think that such a quake can’t happen.  Scientists admit that the San Andreas fault has the potential to “move for many feet almost instantaneously”… (source)

So, no, as big as it was, this was NOT “The Big One” that Californians have been dreading for decades. It wasn’t even on the same fault line as the one causing the most concern.  Read Snyder’s article for more details.


The aftermath

Even in a small town like Ridgecrest and those surrounding it, looting and burglary has erupted after the quakes damaged buildings and took down critical infrastructure. Mayor Peggy Breeden told reporters that some “bad people” came into the community and tried to steal items from businesses.

The mayor of Ridgecrest says there were two reports of burglaries in the Southern California city following the 7.1 earthquake Friday night.

Mayor Peggy Breeden said Saturday that some “bad people” came into the community and tried to steal items from businesses.

Police Chief Jed McLaughlin said one business was burglarized, with an expensive piece of equipment stolen.

A home was also broken into and police are waiting to see what was taken. (source)

Fortunately, it looks like the looting is relatively minor at this point. But when the legendary “Big One” strikes, people may not get so lucky.

It’s important to remember that the aftermath of natural disasters can be the most dangerous time, particularly in areas with higher populations. Every prepper should have a home defense plan for situations such as these.

Gov. Newsome said some nice things about President Trump

Perhaps the most newsworthy part about this entire situation is the fact that Democratic Governor Gavin Newsome, an ardent supporter of California’s Sanctuary State declaration, has said some really nice things about President Trump, who is working hard to reduce the number of illegal immigrants in the United States.

Gov. Gavin Newsom says President Donald Trump has called him and expressed commitment to helping California recover from two earthquakes that hit the state in as many days.

Speaking to reporters after touring the damage zone, Newsom said Saturday that he and Trump talked about the struggles California has been through, including two devastating wildfires that happened just six months ago.

The Democratic governor said “there’s no question we don’t agree on everything, but one area where there’s no politics, where we work extremely well together, is our response to emergencies.”

“He’s committed in the long haul, the long run, to help support the rebuilding efforts,” Newsom said of Trump. (source)

What preppers can learn

It’s always important to study disasters when they occur. We can learn a lot, including what the emergency response looks like, what kind of damage was incurred, how soon the looters show up, and the struggles people face in the aftermath.

During these two earthquakes, there was property damage but injuries were limited. A number of fires occurred, probably due to electrical systems shifting. Gas lines leaked, the power was out for many, and public water lines were damaged. There is no place to purchase food if you don’t have it, or to buy or acquire water. Anyone unprepared out there in the dryest desert in America is at the mercy of emergency responders.

Evacuating isn’t easy due to cracked roads and rockslides. (This is why it’s always important to have multiple routes out and a versatile bug-out plan.) However, looters, said to be from out of town by Mayor Breeden, arrived fairly quickly.


Will things calm down for the Ridgecrest area?

Here’s hoping that the 7.1 is indeed, the biggest to hit these areas, although the once-per-minute aftershocks must surely be unsettling.

Those living near the San Andreas fault line should take note of what happened in this small town and use the information to prepare for the Big One that is at least one hundred years overdue.

For those of you living in California, Nevada, and Mexico, did you feel the quakes? Did you sustain any damage? Let us know in the comments section below.

About Daisy

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and runs a small digital publishing company.  She lives in the mountains of Virginia with her family. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter.

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Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3), an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  • Pffft! This earthquake was just a minor shaker. There was some damage done in Trona, which is not even a whistle stop and there was some damage in Ridgecrest, which is a dusty, lonely, nearly turd-world town in the middle of nowhere. But apart from this Pffft! It was nothing.

    I’ve been in all the big quakes in California since 1972 and in a few big quakes in Japan–and those were earth quakes.

    These happen all the time on the west coast and are nothing new and there is no reason to panic. Just put a few big containers of water aside and hang on for the ride.

    These two so-called ‘big-quakes’ are not going to lead up the the grand-daddy quake everyone likes to worry about.

    • 4th of July earthquake won’t delay the Big One. And it might have worsened quake strain

      Earthquake aftershocks could last months or even years, scientists say

      Ridgecrest may be a dusty, lonely, nearly turd-world town in the middle of nowhere to you, but nearly 29,000 people still call it home.

    • Even so, every earthquake has the potential to kill. The 5.9 Whittier quake killed 3 unlucky people. A lineman fell into some high electrical wires. Another was killed while making repairs on an underground plumbing site. And yet another had a crushed skull from a falling brick. Depending on how close you are to the epicenter, even a small one can kill you. The LA Basin sits on silt 7 miles deep. It feels like you are in a small boat in the middle of huge waves during an earthquake. If a quake doesn’t kill you, the aftermath most certainly can.

      All earthquakes should be noticed and respected. Hopefully if you are at home in a noticeably big one, you will turn off your gas and help your neighbors do the same. That’s a good thing to know how to do. We can see how important that is when we see how some homes were lost in Ridgecrest. Better to be inconvenienced having to wait for it to be turned back on than have a needless fire loss.

      We have not heard back from our friends in Trona. (the company town of Kerr-McGee … Boraxo). Knowing them, they are running around taking care of everyone.

  • I am in Torrance, on the coast. Both earthquakes were rollers, a gentle rocking back and forth like a boat in water. The encore one was definitely longer and more intense. The national news implied that all of southern California was crumbling in their sensationalism. It is a good reminder to have preparations and plans.

  • i was sitting on the victorville fireworks display, setting them up, when it started to sway. it took a couple seconds to realize it was a quake, even though i have been through many of them. just a half a minute or so of gentle rockin’ back and forth. i never even felt the 7.1, because i was riding my bicycle, but i did get home and see 2 egg cartons on the floor that WERE on top of the fridge. my hesperia CERT team is out-of-business, but a friend who is on lucerne valley CERT has been deployed to the area. not sure WHY. just still hopin’ it breaks off and falls into the sea, an takes all those liberal dims with it….

  • I can’t understand that after all the crude, rude, and disgusting things the liberal nut bags, and the California Mentally Ill Government including the pedophile governor, and entire State of Sodomites have said about the President, he’d lower himself to help anyone in that sick mentally ill State of lunatics.
    Trump should have called and let them know that they will not get one penny of Federal Funds or Assets until ALL ILLEGALS are removed!

    • I live in Southern California. I am a former Marine Corps officer. I volunteered to go to Vietnam. I have never voted for anyone but a Republican for President. I have been an ardent supporter of Donald Trump from very early in his campaign, and I can say without fear of any contradiction that I was the only one in a radius of several blocks of where I live who had a Trump sign in my yard in 2016.

      I hate California politics, traffic, illegals, and crowds. I stay here, in particular, for reasons involving family.

      All of that being said, however, you, “Ranger,” are truly one sick individual who gives a bad name to conservatives. If given the chance, you would be the poster boy on the Rachel Maddow Show.

    • What is wrong with you? Why do you have such a lack of discernment that you would lump millions of people in an enormous state into your angry little boxes? I don’t wish bad things on people – even people like you, Ranger – because Karma has a way of getting the last laugh. But man, if anyone ever deserved a dose of that which he wishes on others, it would be you.

  • “If this desk is’a rockin’ (and rolling),
    Don’t come a knockin’.”
    Juan & Donchey

    Paraphrasing John Jimi Hendrix,

    If the sun refuse to shine
    If the mountain fell into the sea
    If all the hippies cut off their hair
    I don’t care

    Best to all Californians, just please stay where you are.

    • If that comes off as a wee bit disconcerting, move, but note every state has it’s own way of doing things or culture, and they don’t need to hear how things were back there.

    • That’s a shame that you’d say “stay where you are” to people who might be in danger. I’m a relocated Californian and I would be thrilled to live near my old friends again. Don’t drink the Kool-aid that tells you everyone in California is a lunatic. Those are the folks who get the press. I’m as liberty-minded as just about everyone I know and my dear friends in El Dorado County were of the same mindset.

      The taxes and the wildfires became too much for me, so I left. But I miss northern California every day.

      • Daisy

        First, this is your blog and as I have written before I respect that.
        By asking for comments I understand it to mean that there will be different civil opinions allowed.

        Also like you I’m “displaced” except that I was from New York City, the cultural socialistic bookend to California. Are there good people in NYC? Many. Do I sometimes miss them? Definitely.
        Can I afford the high taxes that come with a Socialist government. No.

        Can people move if they want?
        Of course.

        But … and this is the gist to my comment, to those who are thinking of moving to a different state and bringing along their socialistic ideas, respect the state they plan on living in as that state may not be like minded and already has a way of living that works for them.
        If that state agrees with you then move no further.

        For general info, there’s New York STATE and then there’s New York City.

        To all, refer to Selco’s recent article concerning migrants and adapting to the place they’re in.
        Just when you thought it was safe to go outside.

        California is perceived as being very socialistic by the rest of the country and would be foremost in mind if and when a Californian shows up at their doorstep.
        Guilt by association. Is that fair? Until proven otherwise that’s how it is.
        Is it “kool aid” to see it that way. Not if you have lived in NYC.

        Again, to the socialistic-minded Californians, you made your bed, now live in it.
        To the not so like minded Californians who plan on moving, best wishes and hope you find a state that is in tune with your ideals.
        To those who can’t afford to move, best and keep reading Daisy’s articles.

        Would differentiating between Californians and Kalifornians help gammerically?

        Btw. Are the people in California “in danger” or “might not” or not?
        Your above article gives the impression that the ‘big one’ is about to drop and California is to secede into the sea.


        • I see your point. I always feel a little sensitive about California, I suppose, and I left for the same reasons you left NYC. (Another place I love – why do the socialists ruin all the cool places?)

          • … Pffft, money.
            (Thanks to S.T. above for that expression/verb…)

            Forgittabout the Great Kalifornian Diaspora, will enough federal aid filter down to Trona so they will be able cut the grass in front of their high school?

      • Hello Daisy! I normally come for thr articles (love em) my first time commenting. I live in El Dorado County and we are Conservatives. I get tired of people on the boards knocking “everyone” from California. We have many red counties in our state, but we are otnumbered by LA, SF and Sac. We are sadly on the lower end of the economic ladder and relocating is not an option.

        As far as the quakes, I have no doubt that the big one is yet to come. Stay prepped and ready.

        Daisy love your page❤️ Keep posting and I’ll keep reading!!!

      • My understanding is that the culture of northern Cali and southern Cali are polar opposites–the limpwristed left wingers tend to inhabit the south, and more conservative types who only a few years ago were talking about seceding from the southern half of the state were living up north…

        • Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, even without facts on which to base it.

          Politically, the state is divided between coastal and inland areas. San Francisco and Berkeley in Northern California are the liberal epicenter. LA is the liberal epicenter in Southern California. The latter has become increasingly so with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of illegals from Mexico and Central America. Even Orange County, a former Republican bastion, now has no Republican congressmen. San Diego is still relatively conservative, no doubt due to the longstanding military presence there.

          Outside these areas is the rest of California, and it tends to be conservative. Congressman Devin Nunes, for example, is from Bakersfield.

          One out of three immigrants heads to California. 70% of those who ultimately become citizens register as Democrats. The ever increasing Hispanic population has caused California to have the highest poverty rate in the nation. People with no skills earn money with strong backs or sweat. They are always looking for free s___, and the Democratic Party is always looking for ways to meet this demand.

          It is immigration that has changed California. Gone are the days when the state was referred to as “Reagan Country.” Yet, for decades other Americans have turned a blind eye to the porous border, asking, in so many words, “What’s that got to do with me?” Now, the chickens have come home to roost as California flexes its Leftist muscles on the national stage.

    • If we could find a better place to live, we would move. Roots 170 years deep is hard to just up and leave. Someone’s got to be stable enough to pick up the pieces of failed policies.

      • Debbers

        My comment about staying referred to the urban cultural garbage coming out of that state. My apologizes to you if it came across otherwise. Best in picking up the pieces.

        History is like that, a group of people are “co-opted” by a smaller group and when they leave the orginal people are left holding the baggage

  • I live perhaps 130 miles away from Ridgecrest. The first quake was felt here and it was notable. In retrospect, I estimate that it lasted perhaps 5 to 10 seconds. The second quake was a major attention-getter. Water sloshed out of my pool, and it may have lasted up to 50 seconds or so, at least long enough for me to walk across the house and to pick up my phone and to text relatives that we were having another quake (You know, “Bye, everyone. We’re sliding into the Pacific.” 🙂

    It was very fortunate that the quake did not take place in urban areas of Southern California. The second quake was far worse than the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, and the recovery effort would have taken months. During the Northridge Earthquake, some freeway overpasses were damaged enough so as to become unusable, and buildings actually collapsed.

    The media always focuses on the most extreme examples in a disaster, however. After the Loma Prieta Earthquake, they loved to broadcast from the same badly damaged block in San Francisco, for example. This is the way it works for tornadoes, hurricanes, and even combat areas.

    To focus on the little town of Trona is an example of what I am describing. Poor Trona is a relic of what is left of a blue collar borax mining town. I could not believe that such a place existed in California when I first saw it. The structures in Bodie, a former mining town that is now a California park, a true ghost town, may be in better condition than large parts of Trona.

    I passed through Trona for the first time about ten years ago on my way to Death Valley. I was shocked at the poverty and the decrepit commercial structures (what very few there were) and the residences. (The LA Times did a story about the town a few years ago. It can’t even afford to maintain grass on its high school’s football field.) The photo shown above probably doesn’t show the building in a much different condition than it was before the earthquake. I am not exaggerating when I say this, as there were plenty like that before the quake. Half the homes in town seem to be empty, have missing windows, and their yards appear to be recycle center storage lots. It would be considered a sad case even in the Third World.

    In any event, so many Southern Californians have become complacent about earthquakes. Without a major quake in the last 20 years, an entire generation has grown up almost oblivious to the risk. While the risk is acknowledged by anyone with an IQ above 60, it is ignored emotionally and in practice, the Normalcy Bias being in full force and effect here.

    I am strongly of the opinion that the mass of the population, particularly in the less affluent areas, is without any serious supplies of food or water on hand. The “Earthquake Lady” at Cal Tech, as she is known in the local media, has warned that parts of LA will be without water for up to a year when The Big One strikes. This is due to the antiquated, decrepit condition of the LA water delivery structure and the fact that all of the aqueducts serving LA cross the San Andreas Fault.

    I suppose that much of the SoCal population has decided that it won’t be all that bad if they have to stand in line behind National Guard trucks to pick up their two milk jugs of water each day, like so many did after the Northridge Earthquake. That being said, it assumes that they have given the issue that much thought.

    All of this earthquake news has obviously caused a greater focus on the Southern California earthquake risk. Yet, the risk is actually greater in the Northwest where far more lives will be lost when the next major event in the Cascadia Subduction Zone lays waste to portions of Alaska, British Vancouver, Washington, and Oregon. A tsunami every bit as large as the one that hit Thailand and Indonesia a few years ago will result when (not if) the event occurs. Anyone living in coastal Seattle and Portland, for example, is living on borrowed time.

    And let’s not forget the center of the country and the threat posed by the same fault that caused the New Madrid Earthquakes in 1811-1812. These were the largest North American earthquakes in recorded history–but few lived there to experience them. Today, states within a few hundred miles of the epicenter will be affected if such quakes happen again. Poor Memphis, a city with no seismic building code (at least as of 20 years ago) will suffer catastrophically as the soil liquifies when the water table is pushed upward through it by quakes. As a result, structures will tilt, become unstable, and collapse.

    Again, just about everyone understands the risk, but so few do anything to seriously prepare for the outcome. For far too many of those living in California, Washington, Oregon, and the Mississippi Valley, it’s like Paul Simon sang in “The Boxer:”

    “Still a man hears what he wants to hear
    And disregards the rest…Lie la lie, lie la la la lie lie
    Lie la lie, lie la la la la lie la la lie.”

  • I live in Bakersfield, approx 60 miles from Ridgecrest. Was standing up doing something and did not feel the 6.4, but my wife did, and our pool was definitely sloshing over. We both were seated when the 7.1 came, and we both felt that. Was like a long rumbling/shaking roll, borderline scary.
    On the state route 178 closure, that normally closes several times each winter, as rain-caused rock slides shut it down. It’s a narrow, 2-lane, no shoulder road thru a tight river canyon with high, close walls. Beautiuful drive.
    As to the wall and building collapses reported, many in this desert area have used locally available (free) rocks for all kinds of building things. You also see many concrete block walls, good for energy efficiency, but un-reinforced block or rock walls are never a good idea in an active earthquake area. Kind of like walking in the rain and wondering why you got wet.

  • I consider it the BIG ONE when half of Caliphony falls into the sea and wipes out Hawaii with a thousand foot wave.

    Yesserrie, that’s the BIG ONE.

    • I suppose that is an effort at humor.

      You do understand that this is geologically impossible, correct? While California is subject to the threat of tsunamis in places, Northern California in particular around Crescent City, it isn’t going to break away and slide into the sea.

  • Rather than focus on the commentary politics of Kalifornia I’d rather focus on the preparedness aspect.
    We’ve experienced a few quakes here due to improper fracking. Shoes by the bed cause no one wants to step on legos after they fall from the shelf lol.
    I screwed the tv down to the shelf today. I’m looking at screwing in 1x strips to our shelves holding the canned goods in the pantry.

    • Good ideas, Matt. We used hooks and bungee cords along with the strips to hold our jars in place.

  • and the idiots say ah, its no big deal and act like all is well, heck many of them don’t even care because there to high on government hand outs of dope/cocaine and pot to clearly see whats happening around them. they are all dumbed down to the point of there own demise, and this is how they will all perish when the 9.0 hit them with fist of fury.

  • Thankfully, my brother called us here in Washington to let us know they were OK. We are their “out of state contact” for emergencies. We grew up there, for four or five generations, and most folks have some “preps” like water and extra things like you would here for a snow storm or an electrical outage. Most neighbors would help each other out, but we still think it would be prudent to not ever be a victim, and be prepared to defend yourself and your family, while being able to help, if you can, those who can’t. In time of crisis, being a “Voice of Reason” is important!

  • I’m a few miles from Disneyland, I guess about 80 miles from the epicenter, and either of my two German Shepherds jumping on or off the bed produces a greater magnitude.

  • We are living a couple of hours East of current earthquake area.

    I would urge everyone to prepare.

    There seems to be the usual attitude of “Poor Ridgecrest..that sucks but it’s not going to happen here” And the media line of “Don’t panic..everything is under control”

    Believe me, that’s probably what everyone thought in Paradise, Santa Rosa and Orville, etc.

    It’s a matter of time.

    Have supplies and a plan. Use this event to talk to your family, friends and neighbors. Get a kit together of basic water, food, first aid supplies and defensive tools.

    Don’t be that guy talking to the camera after event saying “Why isn’t the government here helping..”
    Don’t wait any longer.

    We have all heard the line of “I wouldn’t want to go live in earthquake territory because there is no warning”

    Well guess is your do something..

    Please take the time now to help yourself later.

    Stay safe.

  • I use to teach Disaster Preparedness(a part of a local CERT group) and it’s amazing how FEW people even think about preparing for such things. the predominate thought is that the City/County/State will take care of me…We teach a 72 hour “on your own” survival program to the city populace. the expanding on that program is supplemented by other courses our city offers. We have a ton of subject matter “experts” to give first hand knowledge during the course.(former PG&E line man, EMT’s,Military members with expertise in the area of skills taught,Disaster Preparedness Course instructors) and this comes through as a well taught very informative 7 week course(one day a week) with a Graduation on the following weekend of the last class. Moulage of victims is done to make the whole thing seem as real life as possible.

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