As Southern California dealt with the impact of Friday evening’s magnitude-7.1 earthquake, an important U.S. Navy facility near the quake’s epicenter was still dealing with the impact of Thursday’s 6.4 temblor in the area.
Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake was closed Friday as officials assessed infrastructure damage from the earlier quake, Stars & Stripes reported.
The base is located just northwest of Ridgecrest, the quake epicenter that is about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The city in Kern County has about 29,000 residents.
No casualties or injuries were reported at the base after Thursday’s quake, the base posted Friday on its Facebook page. But there was no immediate information about whether Friday evening’s quake had caused any damage.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed that the epicenter of the series of recent, local quakes was on two faults that are located aboard Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. There is currently a team from USGS and California Geological Survey on the Installation studying the event.
At this time, NAWS China Lake continues to assess infrastructure damage; with no casualties or injures reported.
The only authorized access to NAWS China Lake continues to be Mission Essential Personnel (as identified in the MEP program) and Installation housing residents and this restriction will continue through 5 a.m. Monday, July 8.
Mission Essential personnel should continue to use caution when accessing buildings.
Please note that the only official command approved messaging from NAWS China Lake will come through the Installation Public Affairs Officer via the Installation Mass Warning System, Press Release, or NAWS social media at: