Trona Earthquake Update No. 2

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Here is the latest update on the Friday, July 5 earthquake:

  • Only minor injuries and no fatalities have been reported at this time.
  • Power has been restored to the Trona area.
  • Water service remains out. Crews are working to repair damage to water lines. It is unknown at this time when water service will be restored.
  • FEMA has delivered a tractor-trailer full of bottled water.
  • The State and San Bernardino County are coordinating the commodities for the population of Trona. These resources will be available at Trona High School by 1 p.m. Residents will be able to pick up bottled water from there.
  • San Bernardino County Fire and San Bernardino County Sheriff continue to assess the Trona area for damages and injuries.
  • San Bernardino County Fire Incident Commander is reporting 20-50 structures damaged, significant additional structural damage is suspected.
  • U.S. Army Reserve assets have deployed into the community and are conducting rescue assessment operations.
  • San Bernardino County staff have been working for 48 hours straight in response to the earthquakes, initiating outreach within 30 minutes following Thursday’s first quake.
  • The County of San Bernardino proclaimed a local emergency at 1:04 a.m. Saturday.
  • The Governor of California has issued a Proclamation of State of Emergency and is requesting a Presidential Declaration of a Major Emergency.
  • San Bernardino County Sheriff has five deputies in the community of Trona.
  • Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency has identified five air ambulances available with one in Ridgecrest.
  • The California Highway Patrol reports Highway 178 is open in both directions.
  • Vehicles as large as semi-tractor trailers are able to get through the affected areas.
    Union Pacific rail road has stopped all rail operations until full survey and inspections are completed.
  • Aftershocks of 4.9 at 2:28 a.m. Saturday.
  • The American Red Cross has established a 500-bed shelter in Ridgecrest at the Kerr McGee Community Center, 100 West California Ave. There were only 129 occupants as of 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

The County’s focus is on:

  • Contacting and helping the injured in the Trona community.
  • Providing clean and safe drinking water to the community.
  • Assessing damage.
  • Working with state and federal agencies to repair roads and utilities and assist residents with property losses.
  • Continuing to work around the clock alongside the Trona community through the recovery process.

Things to Note:

  • The types of state and federal assistance that might be available under an Emergency Proclamation will not be known for quite some time. In the meantime, residents are urged to utilize the Red Cross shelter in Ridgecrest, and contact their insurance providers.
  • The boil water notice is expected to remain in effect through the weekend.
  • County OES is working to identify where cash donations can be made. Donations of goods will not be accepted.

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