California Governor Declares State of Emergency After 7.1 Earthquake Hits

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The strongest earthquake in 20 years hit southern California on Friday night.

No deaths are reported but California Assesses Damage After Second Powerful Earthquake Hits.

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked southern California Friday night, sending tremors that could be felt in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and nearly 400 miles north in Sacramento. The quake caused fires, power outages and collapsed buildings, officials said.

The powerful quake struck around 8:20 p.m. local time and was centered near Ridgecrest, Calif., a community of 29,000 people on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada where a 6.4 temblor had hit Thursday morning. The latest quake lasted about 30 seconds and was the strongest in Southern California in 20 years. A series of aftershocks followed.

There is a 9% chance that an even more powerful earthquake could come over the next week, said Mark Benthien, spokesman for the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California.

Typically you don’t see that type of escalation, but it’s possible,” he said. That estimate was made by the U.S. Geological Survey, he said.

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake on Friday was 11 times stronger than the 6.4 magnitude quake that hit on Thursday, Mr. Benthien said.

USGS said in a statement Saturday that millions of people in the region felt the shaking from the latest quake. The federal agency said it issued a red alert for economic losses from the quake, estimating the financial toll to be at least $1 billion. Past events with this alert level have required a national- or international-level response, according to the USGS.

Friday’s quake rocked buildings in Los Angeles, interrupted a Los Angeles Dodgers game and led Disneyland to evacuate rides.

Had the earthquake hit a large population center, the economic losses would have been in the tens or hundreds of billions of dollars.

The earthquake may give the Fed an additional excuse to cut rates later this month.

Mike"Mish" Shedlock

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abend237-04
abend237-04

It was a mind-clearing 30 seconds here, north of San Diego...in the sense Winston Churchill meant by, "There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result." A helpless feeling, too and hoping we were the epicenter of a weak quake, not one in LA destroying their world.

Jojo
Jojo

There were no deaths and damage appears to be fairly minimal. So why declare a "State of Emergency"?

A few days ago in San Bruno, CA, a couple of gang members in a local mall got into an argument, pulled a couple fo guns and shot at each other. Two people were hit, no one killed. Something like 150+ police and other forces responded!. From up to 30 miles away, as I understand it. The local news stations made a big event of this minor incident, preempting coverage to go on and on regurgitating (I am not going to call it "reporting") the same small amount of information over and over, hour after hour. They interviewed a few people who would talk to them and fanned the flames of fear. It was a travesty in so many ways.

We live in a society that is afraid of its own shadow nowadays. The smallest incident gets blown out of proportion due to fear. Everything turns into an emergency. If you try to question it you get a response like "well, out of an abundance of caution..." and the people cannot understand why YOU are not afraid. Sad!

numike
numike

why declare a "State of Emergency"? money

gflop
gflop

Mish: "The earthquake may give the Fed an additional excuse to cut rates later this month."

Seriously?!?!? You propose messing up the entire global financial system over something that caused zero deaths and almost no property damage?

This sissy nonsense where every little disturbance is another excuse to cry for another rate cut is wearing thin. How about you ask your mommy to kiss your boo boo instead?

Its bad enough that every rain drop causes State governors to declare "state of emergency" ...aka... "we want more federal funds". No one expects the politicians to act like grown ups. But now the sissies of wall street are going to further loot retirement savings ... because a natural phenomenon that killed zero persons and minimal damage?

Embarrassing Mish

Carl_R
Carl_R

Declaring a "State of Emergency" doesn't imply Federal funds will flow to California. It simply suspends the civil rights of the people of California, and allows the government to take any action that it deems appropriate. It will allow them to impose curfews, and arrest or disperse crowds, etc.

Was it necessary? I doubt it, but then, I'm not there. Perhaps there are looters out in force.

RonJ
RonJ

"Had the earthquake hit a large population center, the economic losses would have been in the tens or hundreds of billions of dollars."

Don't remember the numbers, but the Northridge quake was expensive to the point that insurance companies suspended coverage, resulting in a state earthquake insurance authority created to cover insured earthquake claims. Don't know the numbers, but apparently not a large % of people have earthquake insurance. One of my co-workers lived in Northridge and had serious damage. He wound up suing his insurance company.

As a result of the number of homes lost in wildfires fires last year, fire insurance had a higher bump up in rates than typical.

stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

I was about 150 miles from Ridgecrest when the 7/5 quake hit. It was the first time I ever definitely and for sure felt an earthquake. No damage at all near the coast where I was. As for the "State of Emergency", I suspect Gov. Newscum thought there might be some kind of political points to get out of that.

KidHorn
KidHorn

Small earthquakes often precede large earthquakes. The biggest one will be when the Cascadia Subduction zone snaps. It's overdue like many of the major faults out west.