Kern CountyHighway 178 was closed between Bakersfield and Lake Isabella after rocks tumbled down, covering the roadway in Kern River Canyon, according to Caltrans and Kern County Fire Department officials. There was significant damage across both lanes and severe cracks in the roadway just outside Trona, according to David Kim of the California State Transportation Agency. Kim said the cracks are very close to where cracks were found yesterday after the magnitude 6.4 quake. Rockslides were also reported on the southbound SR 190 and on SR 127, but roads were cleared and reopened, according to Caltrans. A power outage affecting about 1,800 people was reported in Kern County, where officials said there were no reports of majors leaks or a major building collapse. No serious injuries were reported in the town, Ridgecrest Police Department Jed McLaughlin said. “Nothing but minor injuries, such as cuts and bruises, as the grace of God,” he said. Two structure fires broke out in the wake of the shaking, which were quickly extinguished by Kern County firefighters, McLaughlin said. “There were several reports of natural gas leaks at residences,” the chief said. “In fact, we were inundated with that.” PG&E had repaired all the main gas lines in the city and was continuing to work on repairing the damage to residential lines, McLaughlin said. There are water main breaks also reported in Ridgecrest. The city’s water system remained intact and was not contaminated, he said. “So water is good to go.” The police department was continuing to field emergency calls into the early morning hours Saturday. “As it slows down, we will transition into other life-saving measured, if needed,” McLaughlin said. Power and communications are out throughout the community, Ghilarducci said. “This was a very large earthquake and we know there’s gonna be a series of aftershocks, so we want to prepare ourselves to have the right resources in place,” Ghilarducci said.
San Bernardino CountyHighway 178 is the access road into the San Bernardino County communities of Searles Valley, Argus, and Trona, authorities said. Because roads were impacted, getting resources into the area has been a challenge, Ghilarducci said. Police in Ridgecrest were asking for help bringing bottled water to Trona, which was one of the communities badly hit by the quakes. In Trona, there were reports of building collapses and power outages, Ghilarducci said. In northwest San Bernardino County, fire officials reported 911 calls from communities about shifted homes, retaining walls down and foundation cracks. Earlier assessments showed damage was more significant than Thursday’s quake. Some residents were evacuated from their homes after several gas leaks were found in the Trona and Argus areas, San Bernardino fire officials said. Firefighters worked to secure leaks where possible and evacuated residents in places where leaks could not be secured, authorities said. No quake-related fires were discovered in in the region but fire crews will continue patrols throughout the night, San Bernardino officials said. “First light will bring better idea of damage sustained,” the San Bernardino Fire Department said in a tweet.
Los Angeles CountyThe Los Angeles city and county fire departments went in earthquake mode, and both agencies reported no major infrastructure damage or serious injury. “No reports of serious damage in @LACity related to the earthquake tonight,” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a tweet, adding that the city is sending a search and rescue task force team to Kern County to help with the damage. https://twitter.com/Rex_Emerson/status/1147365868986220544
KERN RIVER CANYON: State Route 178 CLOSED due to rock slide in the Kern River Canyon. No ETO, Caltrans in route to access damage and determine removal from slide. pic.twitter.com/ec4zqchpKt— Caltrans District 6 (@CaltransDist6) July 6, 2019
#Earthquake(Update): 911 calls coming in from NW communities of #SBCounty. Homes shifted, foundation cracks, retaining walls down. One injury (minor) with firefighters treating patient. No unmet needs currently. ^eas— SB County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) July 6, 2019