Ridgecrest quake suspected of killing man in Nevada

Clay Curtis
July 11, 2019

Authorities in Nevada are investigating what could be the first death related to either of the two strong earthquakes that struck Southern California last week.

The man was last seen alive at a local gas station on Wednesday, July 3.

Sgt. Adam Tippetts with the Nye County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies sent to the rural property, on the northeast outskirts of the border town, found the man pinned under a Jeep that had previously been jacked up safely, according to Tippetts.

"Based on preliminary timing and circumstances, at the scene the Nye County Sheriff's investigation reveals this death may be the result of the vehicle falling off its jacks on July 4th during the natural disaster".

It's part of a sequence of earthquakes that began rippling across the region last week and was preceded, less than 36 hours earlier, by a magnitude 6.4 foreshock on July 4.

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Around 10:30 in the morning on July 4, a 6.4 magnitude quake struck near Ridgecrest, California.

However, no fatalities or major injuries were reported at the time, according to the Associated Press. Gov. Gavin Newsom has estimated the damage is in excess of $100 million.

'Everything came off the walls. "There's a lot of cleaning up that still has to happen", she said. The U.S. Geological Survey said the aftershocks will taper off, and the probability of another large quake - magnitude 4 or higher - also will decrease. The natural disaster damaged a few buildings close to its epicenter but nobody was injured. Some of them struck less than a minute apart.

'It's not that I want to be afraid, I want to be prepared, ' Darlene Rose Demaria said.

In the video, people are seeing running out of the laundromat as the building shook.

'With any disaster, not just quake, you need to be able to get out when you need to get out, ' he said.

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