Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in Ridgecrest Evacuated, Deemed Not ‘Mission Capable’ After Quake
The Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in Ridgecrest was found to be “not mission capable” and evacuated after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rattled the region Friday night, authorities said.
“NAWS China Lake is not mission capable until further notice; however, security protocols remain in effect,” the station said. “Safety of personnel is currently the highest priority.”
The earthquake struck roughly 10 1/2 miles from Ridgecrest at about 8:19 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The epicenter of the quake and the magnitude 6.4 quake that struck the day before were both on the huge military base.
Non-essential employees and their dependents were told to evacuate the base, according to a Facebook post. Essential employees still have access to the station.
“Mission Essential personnel should continue to use caution when accessing buildings,” the station said.
Authorities did not provide information on any damage the facility may have sustained in the quake. No injuries were reported.
Naval Base Ventura County is the usual location to head to for those evacuated from the station.
“All personnel should do what is necessary for the safety and well-being of family,” the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division said.
A hotline was set up to provide information on how to obtain support at 1-844-523-2025.
No further details were immediately available.