California’s governor declares state of emergency after two earthquakes
California governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency and warned residents to be wary of new tremors on Saturday, after the southern part of the state was hit by a second significant earthquake in as many days.
Kern county’s fire chief, David Witt, said there were no known fatalities but damage had not been fully assessed.
“We do feel like there is damage but we don’t know the extent of it yet,” Witt said at a news conference, according to CNN. “Nobody was trapped, no major collapses that we know of, but we are out there searching.”
A 7.1 earthquake rocked Southern California on Friday night. Multiple fires broke out after it struck 11 miles northeast of the city of Ridgecrest. This quake released 11 times more energy than Thursday’s 6.4 temblor.