More small quakes rattle Ridgecrest area

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PASADENA (CNS)- More small aftershocks to Friday’s 7.1 earthquake struck the Ridgecrest area today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Between 1:17 a.m. and 8:40 a.m., 10 temblors were recorded — all measuring measuring 3 or slightly more in magnitude. Their depths ranged from .6 of a mile to 4.3 miles. All the quakes were within 29.9 miles of Ridgecrest in Kern County, and all the reports were computer-generated.

President Donald Trump on Monday approved an emergency declaration for the earthquake-rattled area and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts.

Specifically, White House officials said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is authorized to “identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.”

Areas of Kern County and San Bernardino County have seen substantial damage to buildings and infrastructure resulting from last week’s quakes, including the loss of water and power.

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake near Ridgecrest in Kern County was declared not mission-capable, although it remained accessible for mission- essential personnel only.

Seismologists have said the danger is not over yet, with more aftershocks expected this week.

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