Ridgecrest (Kern county, California state) police authorities reported that there were no serious injuries or infrastructure damage from the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that hit at 20:19 (local time) on Friday, July 5, outside the city. The earthquake did trigger some rockslides and cause damage to some roads and prompted the closure of highway CA-178. Further aftershocks of significant magnitude are expected in the coming hours and days and a second quake of similar magnitude cannot be ruled out. Associated power, telecommunication, and transportation disruptions are likely in the coming hours and days in Kent, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to prepare for further aftershocks and associated telecommunication, power, and transportation disruptions and infrastructure damage, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor the situation, prepare for aftershocks, and anticipate localized infrastructure damage and transportation disruptions.
In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.
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