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USCalifornia earthquake: Patients wheeled out of hospital, some still hooked to their IVs

09:05  06 july  2019
09:05  06 july  2019 Source:   cnn.com

California earthquake: Searles Valley quake generates over 100 aftershocks

California earthquake: Searles Valley quake generates over 100 aftershocks The strongest earthquake to hit Southern California in nearly 20 years has prompted one city to declare a state of emergency Thursday, and shook residents from Las Vegas to Orange County. The quake, with a magnitude of 6.4, was centered near Ridgecrest, a community west of the Mojave Desert and about 150 miles north of Los Angeles. At least 159 aftershocks of magnitude 2.5 or greater were recorded after the earthquake, according to USGS Seismologist Robert Graves. It is a higher than normal number, but not unprecedented, he said. The largest of them were magnitude 4.6.

Patients wheeled out into parking lot at a hospital in Ridgecrest, California , after an earthquake on Friday. Shortly after the latest earthquake , Ridgecrest Regional Hospital wheeled out patients -- some still hooked to their IV stands. Nurses tended to patients outside in the dark as sirens wailed.

Shortly after the latest earthquake , Ridgecrest Regional Hospital wheeled out patients — some still hooked to their IV stands. Nurses tended to patients outside in the dark as sirens wailed. Hotels near the hospital suffered power outages, plunging the area in darkness.

California earthquake: Patients wheeled out of hospital, some still hooked to their IVs© CNN House fire in Ridgecrest, California moments after a earthquake struck the area on Friday, July 5.

A second major earthquake to hit Southern California in less than two days sent jittery residents out on the streets Friday night.

The 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit 11 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, according to the US Geological Survey. It comes a day after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake centered near Ridgecrest rattled the state Thursday. That earthquake has produced more than 1,400 aftershocks, scientists said.

California earthquake: Patients wheeled out of hospital, some still hooked to their IVs© Paul Vercammen/CNN Patients wheeled out into parking lot at a hospital in Ridgecrest, California, after an earthquake on Friday.

Shortly after the latest earthquake, the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital wheeled out patients -- some still hooked to their IV stands. Nurses tended to patients outside in the dark as sirens wailed. Hotels near the hospital suffered power outages, plunging the area in darkness.

In downtown Ridgecrest, firefighters battled the raging flames on a home, preventing them from hopscotching to other houses in the residential area.

Multiple fires and injuries have been reported in Ridgecrest -- about 150 miles from Los Angeles -- after Friday's earthquake, Kern County spokeswoman Megan Person said. The county has activated an emergency operations

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