California is under a state of emergency, after the largest earthquake in 2 decades hits near the small desert town of Ridgecrest. More aftershocks are causing California be on alert due to the southern part of the state was hit by a 6.4-magnitude quake on Thursday.
According to reports, this quake has been the largest since 1999. For this reason, seismologists say California could see ‘even bigger earthquake’ in days ahead.
Seismologist Lucy Jones said “There is a about a 1 in 20 chance that this location will be having an even bigger earthquake within the next few days that we have not yet seen the biggest earthquake of the sequence.”
Firefighters in Ridgecrest scrambled to put out a number of fires.
“We have multiple injuries, we’ve had two house fires, we’ve had small vegetation fires, power lines down, gas leaks,” said David Witt with Kern County fire department.
Some residents have shared their experience:
“We lost everything that we had in a matter of minutes. I have no TVs, no dressers I have nothing.” said one Ridgecrest resident.
Patients at a local hospital in Ridgecrest forced to evacuate the building after suffering minor injuries.
“My computers were flying on to the ground, the water bottle container was shaking,” said a hospital nurse.
Source: CBN News