- Reports of damage stemming from two earthquakes that struck Southern California include power outages, gas leaks, fires, and a rockslide closing a highway.
- Social media images and videos captured ongoing incidents after an earthquake with a 7.1 magnitude hit struck Friday evening, one day after a 6.4 magnitude quake struck on the Fourth of July.
- California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared states of emergency in some counties after the second earthquake caused widespread damage to roads, water lines and gas lines, sparking fires in the region.
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Southern California saw a flurry of reports of damage stemming from two earthquakes that struck Southern California, including power outages, gas leaks, fires, and a rockslide closing a highway.
A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit the region Friday evening, just one day after a 6.4 magnitude quake hit on the Fourth of July.
In the hours after the second earthquake, a rockslide sent boulders tumbling down onto a roadway in Kern River Canyon near the Sequoia National Forest, about two hours north of Los Angeles.
ROCK SLIDE: This is viewer video of the rock slide in the Kern River Canyon.
The viewer tells 23ABC that they had to help move rocks and/or boulders to get through. pic.twitter.com/eXUhWODonb
— 23ABC News (@23ABCNews) July 6, 2019
California Gov. Gavin Newsom had declared a state of emergency for the county on July 4. Newsom declared a state of emergency for nearby San Bernadino County early Saturday after the second earthquake caused widespread structural damage to roads, water lines, and gas lines, which reportedly sparked some fires in the region.
The Associated Press also reported that one person sustained minor injuries in San Bernardino County, in addition to reports of shifting homes, cracking foundation, and walls coming down.
In both Kern and San Bernardino counties, officials reportedly found several incidents of cracked buildings and injuries, mostly from things falling on people. KTLA reports that emergency crews in the region were still hard at work fielding calls for help Saturday morning.
Authorities told local outlets that they had a hard time identifying the extent of the damage because the quake came after dark, and broken infrastructure would be clearer in Saturday morning’s light.
The earthquakes are some of the state’s worst in nearly 20 years after the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake that killed 63 people in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1989.
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