|Posted by George Freund on July 13, 2019 at 8:40 AM|
Excellent views of the fault rupture from a US Navy Night Hawk helicopter. Up to 6 feet of right-lateral offset was able to be measured on the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station.
July 8, 2019 Stefano D'Urso
The facility is not mission capable but there are no details yet on the damage caused by the earthquake.
Following last week’s earthquakes up to 7.1 magnitude in the Ridgecrest area, Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, Commander Navy Region Southwest, has issued an evacuation order for Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake on July 6, 2019. The facility has been declared not mission capable until further notice and is open only for mission essential personnel, while damage to the infrastructures is being assessed.
At this time there aren’t more details about the amount of damage occurred to China Lake. According to the Washington Post, “the earthquake caused multiple structure fires, thousands of power outages, road ruptures and water and gas leaks” but luckily no casualties have been reported. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency due to “widespread and significant damage”.
As stated in a Facebook post in the official NAWS China Lake page, “NAWS China Lake is not mission capable until further notice; however, security protocols remain in effect. Safety of personnel is currently the highest priority. NON ESSENTIAL active duty, drilling reservists, civilian employees, and dependents are authorized to evacuate to a radius of 100 miles from safe haven Naval Base Ventura County (NVBC).”
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake
July 6 at 4:01 AM ·
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake is responding to a 5.0 magnitude earthquake at 8:16 p.m., and a 7.1 magnitude earthquake at 8:19 p.m pacific time and multiple, consistent aftershocks on July 5 following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake and numerous aftershocks on July 4.
NAWS China Lake is not mission capable until further notice; however, security protocols remain in effect.
Safety of personnel is currently the highest priority.
NON ESSENTIAL active duty, drilling reservists, civilian employees, and dependents are authorized to evacuate to a radius of 100 miles from safe haven Naval Base Ventura County (NVBC).
NVBC and its surrounding area is the preferred location for authorized evacuation on the basis of Installation Support Services.
RDML Bette Bolivar, Commander Navy Region Southwest, has issued this evacuation order.
A Family Information Call Center number has been established for questions regarding how to obtain support.
NAWS China Lake access remains Mission Essential Personnel only. Do NOT attempt to access the Installation unless you are Mission Essential Personnel.
Further information will be distributed as it develops.
Located in the Mojave Desert about 150 miles north of Los Angeles, the main installation and the two weapons ranges cover more than 1.1 million acres, representing the Navy’s largest single landholding. Multiple commands are based in China Lake to support research, testing and evaluation programs, some of which are the Navy Air Warfare Center Weapons Division and the Air Test and Evaluation Squadrons VX-9 and VX-31. One of the most notable weapons developed in China Lake is the AIM-9 Sidewinder.
From July 4 to July 5 a series of earthquakes occurred in the area around Ridgecrest, California, approximatively 180 miles east of the famous San Andreas Fault. The first 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurred in the morning on July 4, followed by more than 1400 aftershocks. The following day, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake occurred near the same location, in what has been defined the most powerful earthquake to occur in California in 20 years.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
UPDATE (w/images): Major (Mw 7.1) quake occurred 17 km NNE of Ridgecrest, CA on China Lake Naval Air Center at 8:19pm local time, July 5, 2019. Closest large population center was Ridgecrest with population of 28,000 people. This was continuation of sequence that started with the magnitude 6.4 earthquake approximately 36 hours beforehand. Maximum shaking levels were MMI IX (Violent) in the epicentral region and very strong shaking (MMI VII) over a 40 km wide region near the ...
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