California governor declares state of emergency after earthquakes
Crews in California continued to assess damage to cracked and burned buildings, broken roads, leaks from water and gas pipelines and other infrastructure on Saturday after the great earthquake that the region has seen in almost 20 years was felt from Sacramento to Mexico.
The governor, Gavin Newsom, declared a state of emergency and warned residents to distrust the new tremors, after the southern part of the state suffered a second significant earthquake in the same number of days.
"I am grateful to all those who worked tirelessly in the recovery effort during the night and this morning," Newsom wrote on Twitter. "As Californians, we always have to be prepared for the next earthquake."
Newsom also requested a presidential emergency declaration, which would unlock federal funds for the support of affected communities.
After updating reporters on Saturday, Newsom said the earthquakes were a "wake-up call" for the state and other parts of the United States.
Residents of Ridgecrest, a city of approximately 27,000 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles, woke up to new damage after the 7.1 magnitude tremor when darkness fell on Friday, shaking the area after an earthquake of 6.4, 34 hours earlier .
Kern County Fire Chief David Witt said there were no known fatalities, but the damage had not been fully evaluated.
"We feel there is damage, but we still do not know to what extent," Witt told a news conference, according to CNN. "No one was caught, there are no major collapses of which we know, but we are looking for."