More than 10,000 people were left without power after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Southern California on Tuesday evening. Located about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles, the earthquake was the largest to hit the region in more than two decades.
Several aftershocks, including a magnitude 5.4 temblor the next day, were felt as far away as Las Vegas and Mexico.
Several buildings and infrastructure in the region were damaged by the earthquake, including power outages, gas leaks, and water main breaks. In order to coordinate response and recovery efforts, local authorities have declared a state of emergency.
Utility companies have been working around the clock to restore power to the affected areas, but it will take several days to fully repair the damage. To provide power to critical facilities such as hospitals and fire stations, emergency generators and other temporary measures are being used.
Emergency responders and repair crews were unable to reach affected areas due to the damage caused by the quake to roads and highways. Roads have been completely destroyed in some cases, requiring complete reconstruction.
The earthquake has had no fatalities or serious injuries, but has had a significant impact on the local community. Local businesses have been forced to close due to power outages and other issues, which have forced many residents to evacuate their homes.
A coordinated effort has been undertaken to respond to the earthquake involving state, federal, and non-profit agencies. The Red Cross is accepting donations of food, water, and other supplies to help those who have been displaced.
All affected residents should remain vigilant and follow local authorities’ instructions as the recovery and rebuilding efforts continue. To do this, stay away from damaged buildings, use caution when driving on damaged roads, and take steps to protect yourself and your family from further aftershocks.