Edwards AFB sends earthquake response to nearby base

A portion of Highway 178 near Ridgecrest is damaged following two earthquakes July 4 and 5, as seen from a Blackhawk helicopter. (Photo courtesy of USGS)
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the first earthquake struck at 10:33 a.m. July 4 with a 6.4 magnitude and is now considered a foreshock. A second quake shook the area the following day at 8:20 p.m. with a stronger 7.1 magnitude. Estimated economic losses of what the USGS now calls the Searles Quake are at least $1 billion; furthermore, the air control tower at Plant 42 was also damaged. The exact extent of that damage is still under review.


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