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The two massive earthquakes that shook Southern California on Thursday and Friday should be a 'wake-up call' for all Americans facing natural disasters, the state's governor said.
Governor Gavin Newsom also warned that Californians 'all have a unique role and responsibility individually to be prepared for the next earthquake of a magnitude even greater than 7.1.'
Residents - Quake - Press - Conference - Saturday
Residents should know how to protect themselves during a quake, he said at a press conference on Saturday on the state's efforts to help the areas affected by the tremors.
He continued: 'We all have an opportunity now to get more prepared, be more vigilant, look at our building codes, look at our home hardening, to look at that alert system.'
'It - Call - Rest - State - Parts
'It is a wake-up call for the rest of the state and other parts of the nation, frankly,' Newsom said.
The first earthquake measuring at magnitude 6.4 shook the south of the state on Thursday morning.
Foreshock - Temblor - Hours - Friday - Night
It was determined to be a foreshock to an even larger 7.1 temblor that came 32 hours later on Friday night.
The second shock was 11 times stronger, five times bigger and lasted longer.
Quake - Pm - Miles - Ridgecrest - Areas
The quake struck at 8:19 p.m. and was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest in the same areas where the previous quake hit.
It was felt as far north as Sacramento, as far south as Mexico, and as far east as Las Vegas, where shockwaves were perceived as a rolling motion that seemed to last at least half a minute.
Officials - Ridgecrest - Trona - Desert - Communities
Officials in Ridgecrest and Trona, the two damaged desert communities, worked Sunday to repair roads and restore utilities following the earthquakes.
The two neighboring towns were hit hard by the magnitude 7.1 quake that rocked the remote Mojave Desert region on Friday.
Roads - Ridgecrest - Shape - Electricity - Water
Roads in Ridgecrest were in good shape, electricity was back on and the water system was working, said Jed...
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