Earthquake close to Lake Isabella a reminder to be ready

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (KERO) — Some residents close to Lake Isabella bought a impolite awakening late Tuesday evening when an earthquake struck the world.

The space of Bodfish close to Lake Isabella is the place that 3.5 magnitude earthquake befell. It’s simply over 60 miles from Ridgecrest the place three years in the past a 7.1 earthquake befell.

Gabrielle Tepp, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology says it is best to remain ready since you by no means know when the following large one will strike.

“Definitely can wake you up in the middle of the night.”

That was the fact for a number of the neighborhood in Lake Isabella Tuesday evening when the three.5 earthquake with a depth of 1.6 miles struck at 11:15 p.m.

Tepp says if one of these earthquake occurred below your property you may need hassle however usually there received’t be an excessive amount of injury.

“Expected shaking from this earthquake was kind of light. So you’ll hear things shaking around, making a little noise, but it’s probably not going to do a lot of damage.”

But Tepp provides that whereas this space, particularly, might not see a giant quake, in California it could actually occur.

“California has a lot of faults and there will be another big one, somewhere at some point.”

That’s why Janiele Maffei, the chief mitigation officer with the California Earthquake Authority says it is best to remain ready.

“Make positive you may have a equipment in your automobile, your own home. Make positive you may have a plan that your youngsters, your mother and father, your loved ones is aware of the place you are going to go if you happen to cant get again right into a constructing or again into your own home.”

Maffei also says you should look at the heavy furniture or appliances in your home and make sure they don’t have the potential to fall and hurt someone. But says the most important thing is education.

“We dwell in earthquake nation so the concept is to teach, inform your self and your loved ones concerning the danger after which to attempt to take these steps. Maybe a couple of child steps originally, for resilience for you and your loved ones.”

Maffei and Tepp also say that a 1.1 aftershock also took place but that is likely too small for residents to have felt.


23ABC In-Depth

23ABC is taking an in-depth at safety tips to keep in mind during one of these earthquakes.

The California Department of Conservation says that if you are indoors, stay there. Get under and hold onto a desk or table, or stand against an interior wall. But if you happen to be outside during the shaking, get into the open. Stay clear of buildings, power lines, or anything else that could fall on you.

If you’re driving, the department says to move the car out of traffic and stop. Avoid parking under or on bridges or overpasses.

Lastly, if you’re in a crowded public place, avoid panicking and do not rush for the exit. Stay low and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms.

More Earthquake tips from the California Department of Conservation:

How to Prepare for an Earthquake

  • Plan on fending for yourself for at least three days, preferably for a week. Electricity, water, gas and telephones may not be working after an earthquake. The police and fire departments are likely to be tied up.
  • Stock your emergency supplies.You’ll need food and water (a gallon a day per person); a first aid kit; a fire extinguisher suitable for all types of fires; flashlights; a portable radio; extra batteries, blankets, clothes, shoes and money (ATMs may not work); medication; an adjustable or pipe wrench to turn off gas or water, if necessary; baby and pet food; and an alternate cooking source (barbecue or camp stove). This list can also be applied to other disasters, such as floods or wildfires.
  • Decide in advance how and where your family will reunite if separated during a quake.Do in-home practice drills. You might choose an out-of-the-area friend or relative that family members can call to check on you.
  • Secure hazards and big appliances.Including water heaters, major appliances and tall, heavy furniture to prevent them from toppling are prudent steps. So, too, are storing hazardous or flammable liquids, heavy objects and breakables on low shelves or in secure cabinets.
  • Discuss earthquake insurance with your agent.Depending on your financial situation and the value of your home, it may be worthwhile.

What to do During an Earthquake

  • If you’re indoors, stay there.Get under — and hold onto –a desk or table, or stand against an interior wall. Stay clear of exterior walls, glass, heavy furniture, fireplaces and appliances. The kitchen is a particularly dangerous spot. If you’re in an office building, stay away from windows and outside walls and do not use the elevator. Many are certain that standing in a doorway during the shaking is a good idea. That’s false, unless you live in an unreinforced adobe structure; otherwise, you’re more likely to be hurt by the door swinging wildly in a doorway or trampled by people trying to hurry outside if you’re in a public place.
  • If you’re outside, get into the open.Stay clear of buildings, power lines or anything else that could fall on you.
  • If you’re driving, move the car out of traffic and stop. Avoid parking under or on bridges or overpasses. Try to get clear of trees, light posts, signs and power lines. When you resume driving, watch out for road hazards.
  • If you’re in a mountainous area, beware of the potential for landslides. Likewise, if you happen to’re close to the ocean, bear in mind that tsunamis are related to giant earthquakes. Get to excessive floor.
  • If you’re in a crowded public place, keep away from panicking and don’t rush for the exit. Stay low and canopy your head and neck along with your palms and arms.

What to Do After an Earthquake

  • Check for fireplace or fireplace hazards. If you odor gasoline, shut off the primary gasoline valve. If there’s proof of harm to electrical wiring, shut off the facility on the management field.
  • If the telephone is working, solely use it in case of emergency.Likewise, keep away from driving if doable to maintain the streets clear for emergency automobiles.
  • Be conscious.Items might fall out of cabinets or closets when the door is opened, and likewise that chimneys may be weakened and fall with a contact. Check for cracks and injury to the roof and basis of your property.
  • Listen to the radio for vital data and directions. Remember that aftershocks, typically giant sufficient to trigger injury in their very own proper, usually comply with giant quakes.
  • If you permit dwelling, go away a message telling family and friends your location.


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