Destinations

California hit by biggest earthquake in decades, braces for month of aftershocks

The governor of California has declared a state of emergency after the region was rocked by two massive earthquakes – the largest the region has seen in nearly 20 years.

On the Fourth of July, during Independence Day celebrations, California was hit by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake, which was reportedly centred around the Mojave Desert.

The next day, while recovery was underway from the earlier quake, the state was hit by the biggest earthquake it has recorded in nearly two decades – a magnitude 7.1, which struck at 8:00 PM local time.

Local correspondent CBS News reported the second, larger quake (which was 11 times stronger than the first) caused injuries, sparked fires and closed railways, but no deaths were reported.

Social media footage of the second quake showed buildings swaying, items crashing to the floor from supermarket shelves and cars shaking violently.

While emergency services in California continue to assess the damage caused to cracked buildings, broken roads, leaking gas and water lines, the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, declared a state of emergency.

Newsom wrote on Twitter that he was “Grateful for everyone working tirelessly on the recovery effort through the night and this morning.

“As Californians, we always have to be prepared for the next earthquake.”

Newsom has warned residents to be wary of new tremors, after the southern part of the state was hit by a second significant earthquake in as many days, as reported by The Guardian.

He’s also reportedly requested a presidential emergency declaration, unlocking federal funds for the support of community members affected by the two natural disasters.

California Institute of Technology seismologist Lucy Jones told USA Today thousands of magnitude 1 or more aftershocks have been detected in Searles Valley, Mojave Desert –highlighted by Friday’s magnitude 7.1 and Thursday’s 6.4 earthquakes.

Jones said on social media there was little chance that Searles Valley would be rocked by something that strong in coming days.

“The potential for increased weather disasters coming with climate change make the earthquake problem look small,” Jones said on Twitter.

While emergency services are still assessing the damage of the quakes, seismologists have said they expect more aftershocks to follow the two earthquakes.

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake is Southern California’s most powerful since another 7.1 quake reportedly struck near a US Marine Corps base in the Mojave Desert in 1999.

The last earthquake to cause major destruction in the region was in 1994 when a 6.7 magnitude quake in densely populated Northridge killed 57 people and caused billions of dollars in damage.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Tourism

Flavour of the Week: Small Group Touring Co.’s new recruit, Linkd Tourism secures Port of Seattle + MORE!

Flavour of the Week induces two things on a Friday: nostalgia over Craig David and a succession of travel professionals falling asleep at their desks.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Airbnb’s giant ‘Wienermobile’ is sure to satisfy your hot-dog-loving clients

by Christian Fleetwood

In what is a quintessential Friday story, Travel Weekly has delivered this ‘franktastic’ and ‘blunderful’ news for all your hot-dog-loving clients.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Indonesian airline bans inflight filming, reportedly threatens to sue influencer

A travel blogger may be facing defamation charges after making fun of a handwritten menu he was presented on a flight.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

WATCH: Airline passenger scrolls through movies with bare feet!

Due to his aversion to feet, toes and everything below the ankles, Travel Weekly’s editor passed this gross story down to our junior reporter to write.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

How will Instagram’s ‘likes’ trial affect travel marketers?

by Christian Fleetwood

Instagram has hidden the number of likes from posts in a bid to return to a content focus, but what does that mean for businesses using them as a tool to measure engagement? Read on to find out.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Agent wrap: Agents experience safari camp, Viking golden ticket winners + MORE

What better way to bring in the weekend than to trawl through all the latest agent offers and famil pictures? All that’s missing is a sneaky glass of wine.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Intrepid takes next step at Uluru for reconciliation

by Ali Coulton

Hot off the heels of news that tourists are flocking to the rock before a climbing ban comes into action, Intrepid has reiterated its stance on serving alcohol at the sacred site.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

STUDY: More Aussies want to travel overseas, but where do they want to go?

Want to wow your friends and colleagues by being able to rattle off the latest tourism statistics? This article should do the trick.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Hotel wrap: Raffles Singapore reopens arcade, Waldorf rebrand, new Aussie hotels + MORE

We apologise in advance for the record-breaking length of this week’s hotel wrap. Travel Weekly’s reporter would’ve made it even longer had we not locked him in the office storeroom.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

“You cannot ignore the magnitude of influence”: Agency boss’ Instagram warning

Don’t consider Instagram as a powerful force in the travel industry. Well, a prominent agency boss has warned you to think again.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Airbnb host’s list of nightmare bathroom requests goes viral

Among the very specific and highly unrealistic requests was that “gentlemen” must remain seated for “both for number one and number two” and all signs of “passage” must be removed. Yikes.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

STUDY: 50 per cent of Aussies say ‘me time’ drives travel choices

Half of those surveyed in this study have confessed to travelling to be alone. We usually just take a long walk or read a book for some ‘me time’, but spending thousands of dollars on a holiday also works.

Share

CommentComments