Winter Storm Warning: Heavy Snowfall to Hit Ridgecrest and Surrounding Areas - Monday, February 27th, 2023
Wrightwood Firefighters Rescue Stranded Individuals in Backcountry Snowstorms - Saturday, February 25th, 2023
Man Accidentally Killed While Stealing Catalytic Converter in Palmdale - Wednesday, February 15th, 2023
Trona Mother Arrested for Murder After Death of Toddler and Critical Injury of Infant - Tuesday, January 17th, 2023
Man Arrested for DUI While Out on Bail for Killing Adelanto Mother in 2021 DUI Crash - Saturday, October 8th, 2022
Two Men Arrested for Attempting to Steal Hundreds of Gallons of Gas - Thursday, September 22nd, 2022
Adelanto Man Arrested for Shooting at Man Walking Past His Home - Friday, September 16th, 2022
Barstow Man Arrested for Molesting Several Foster Children - Friday, September 16th, 2022
Man Stabbed to Death in Downtown Victorville - Friday, September 16th, 2022
Apple Valley Felon Arrested for Stealing Running Car - Tuesday, August 30th, 2022
Governor Gavin Newsom Requests Presidential Emergency Declaration for Earthquake Damage
Governor Gavin Newsom requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance to support the communities impacted by the significant earthquakes on July 4th and 5th.
First responders are continuing to assess the extent of the damage near Ridgecrest. The assistance requested of the President and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with mass care supplies, emergency power supplies, generators, evacuation support, and engineering support, as needed. The assistance is requested for Kern and San Bernardino Counties, since areas in San Bernardino County, including Trona have sustained substantial damage.
Governor Gavin Newsom said in the letter to President Donald Trump on Friday, July 5, 2019, that the 6.4 earthquake on July 4th caused damage to critical infrastructure. Roadways, gas lines, and water lines were all impacted, with some of the gas line breaks leading to fires. With hundreds of aftershocks between July 4th and the larger July 5th earthquakes, the damage worsened.
On Friday, July 5, 2019, a 7.1 earthquake struck the Ridgecrest area. This earthquake, according to the California Geological Survey, released around ten times more energy than the 6.4 earthquake. This earthquake caused widespread damages in both the Kern and San Bernardino Counties. Ridgecrest Hospital was partially closed with the emergency room remaining open after the July 4th earthquake. On July 5th, following the much stronger 7.1 earthquake closed the emergency room. Patients are now being triaged in the parking lot and transported to other area hospitals.
Governor Newsom said that under the California State Emergency Plan, 200 National Guard members have responded to the area to support impacted communities.
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