Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Death of man under vehicle believed due to California quake

Death of man under vehicle believed due to California quake

Deputies had discovered the body of the 56-year-old on Tuesday on his property in Pahrump, Nevada, about 180 miles (290 km) northeast of the California city of Ridgecrest that took the brunt of the quakes.

When a 7.1 quake rocked their Southern California town of Trona just after a 6.4 foreshock the day before, the Hatchett family decided they needed to stay out of the house. A second quake hit the next day. The first image was taken on April 8 previous year and the next on July 8, 2019. In the picture, each color cycle represents 4.8 inches or 12 centimeters of ground displacement either toward or away from the satellite.

The linear features cutting the colour fringes in the southeast indicate likely locations of surface rupture caused by the earthquakes. That's an natural disaster every 1 minute and 7 seconds. Gov. Gavin Newsom has estimated the damage is in excess of $100 million.

Over the past few days in Southern California, there was an quake roughly every minute. As the sun rose the following day, it became evident that the quake had ripped open a new fissure in the earth, visible from space satellite imagery.


Officials are still reviewing damage Tuesday in communities outside the base.

Two recent Southern California earthquakes warped the ground across dozens of square miles - and the changes are visible even from space.

The Planet Labs images also show a new darker line to the left of the epicentre, which its CEO Will Marshall said on Twitter was evidence of dewatering. The most "noisy" areas, which appear the most muddled in the image, are likely where the ground was broken up by the natural disaster.

The recommendations were provided by the Earthquake Country Alliance , a partner of the USGS.

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