Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Surface Rupture from Ridgecrest Earthquake Spotted from Space

Surface Rupture from Ridgecrest Earthquake Spotted from Space

A Nevada man found dead and pinned underneath his Jeep is believed to have been a victim of one of the recent earthquakes in southern California that ranked among the most severe in two decades, sheriff's officials said on Wednesday.

The Nye County Sheriff's Office says a man whose body was found pinned underneath a vehicle Tuesday may have lost his life in the temblor that struck on July 4, reports CBS Las Vegas affiliate KLAS-TV.

Authorities in Pahrump, a town near the California border, were first called about the situation around 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nye County Sheriff's Sgt. Adam Tippetts said in a video news release.

The man apparently was working on the Jeep, which had been jacked up before the quake struck.

It was not immediately clear whether the man was trapped alive for some time or was killed instantly.

A 6.6 magnitude quake hit the same area on July 4 which also sent an aftershock reverberating throughout the region.

Damage from two powerful earthquakes of magnitudes-6.4 and 7.1 respectively which rattled Southern California on July 4 and July 5 is visible from space, NASA maps have revealed.

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However, no fatalities or major injuries were reported at the time, according to the Associated Press.

It remains unclear when personnel and their families will be able to return.

Water and gas service have been restored at the base, but engineers are ensuring buildings are safe to enter.

'Everything came off the walls. "I mean-they say that it's happened and you've heard about it but once you're in it, it's completely different, it's terrifying".

Friday's natural disaster was 11 times stronger than Thursday's 6.4 magnitude quake.

'It's not that I want to be afraid, I want to be prepared, ' Darlene Rose Demaria said.

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