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California earthquakes: First death apparently linked to California earthquakes reported

Latham uses his leg to measure the amount of offset in the desert floor caused by yesterdays magnitude 7.1 earthquake along California State Route 178 between Ridgecrest and Trona California Robyn Beck AFP Getty Images
Steven Clarke | 11 July, 2019, 14:28

A Nevada man found pinned under his Jeep appears to have died after his vehicle fell off its jacks as a result of one of the Ridgecrest, Calif., earthquakes last week, authorities announced Tuesday evening.

The Nevada man had last been seen July 3 at a gas station, Tippetts said.

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

"Based on the positioning of the body and the tools found at the scene, the male appeared to be working on the vehicle at the time of his death".

The circumstances and preliminary information about the time of his death have led investigators to believe the Jeep fell off its jacks during the first natural disaster, a magnitude 6.4 that hit on the Fourth of July.

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

Almost 30 hours later, a second quake with a magnitude of 7.1 rattled the region on July 5.

A day earlier, the Ridgecrest region had been rocked by a 7.1-magnitude temblor - the most powerful quake to hit Southern California in two decades.

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Officials were still reviewing damage Tuesday in communities outside the base. It's 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.

One person suffered a minor foot injury.

'Everything came off the walls.

Experts said the recent quakes did not happen along the San Andreas Fault and are unlikely to affect it.

Around 1,289 of those were over magnitude 2.5 - strong enough to be felt - and 28 over 4.5, nearly violent enough to damage buildings.

NASA analysts are using data from satellites to produce visualisations of land deformation and potential landslides, among other quake impacts, and are making them available to response agencies.

'Don't procrastinate, get prepared, ' Tateosian said.

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