Residents of the nearby town of Trona, southwest of Death Valley, reported electricity had been restored but water and gas service was still out at many homes. People in the town of about 2,000 lined up for free water that California National Guard soldiers handed out at Trona High School. “I just picked up a couple cases for me and my dog,” said Jeb Haleman, adding that his home of 40 years otherwise escaped unscathed. When Friday’s quake struck he said he was about 10 stories off the ground working on a boiler at the Searles Valley Minerals plant. “I was holding on for dear life,” he said, laughing. “That was quite a ride.” With temperatures hovering around the 100-degree mark, Sgt. Robert Madrigal said the National Guard would provide water “just as long as they need us here.” Officials were taking precautions because of the heat and expectation of thousands of smaller aftershocks over the next several days. The U.S. Geological Survey said there was just a 1% chance of another magnitude 7 or higher earthquake in the next week, and a rising possibility of no magnitude 6 quakes. The National Guard was sending 200 troops, logistical support and aircraft, Maj. Gen. David Baldwin said. The California Office of Emergency Services brought in cots, water and meals and set up cooling centers in the region, Director Mark Ghilarducci said.
We're on the ground in southern California, helping those impacted by recent earthquakes. @RedCrossLA & @RedCrossCCR disaster workers are providing comfort & care, including safe shelter, warm meals & emotional support: https://t.co/rddFvgmQLV #laearthquake #ridgecrestearthquake pic.twitter.com/mrLNZeIm7a— American Red Cross (@RedCross) July 6, 2019
EARTHQUAKE UPDATE ⚠️Per @Cal_OES :— San Bernardino County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) July 7, 2019
Boil water notice remains in effect and includes water given to animals. Bottled water is available for residents and their animals at the Commodities Point of Distribution (CPOD) located at Trona High School, 83600 Trona Road, until 8:00 p.m. pic.twitter.com/x4E5IRYXiX
UPDATE: Commodity Point of Distribution (CPOD) for bottled water has been est. at Trona High School, located at 83600 Trona Rd in Trona. Anyone in need can receive 1 case of water per vehicle until 8:00 pm tonight. Operations will resume at 8:00 am- 8:00 pm Sunday, July 7, 2019— San Bernardino County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) July 6, 2019
LATEST UPDATE – Trona earthquake response. Per SCE, power is has been fully restored to the Trona area. SBSD deps remain in the area for security and law enforcement services. Trona High School remains open for residents needing water and other resources. @SBCounty #TronaStrong— San Bernardino County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) July 7, 2019