County Supervisor Janice Hahn hosted the presentation, which included remarks from the county's Office of Emergency Management and Chief Daryl Osby of the L.A. County Fire Department.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck at 8:16 p.m. Friday about 9 miles west-southwest of San Bernardino County's Searles Valley. The quake occurred on the same fault that generated a magnitude 6.4 foreshock the previous day.
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Although there were no reports of serious damage in the Los Angeles area, seismologists warned that the region is not yet completely out of danger. Many aftershocks are expected with the next week.
"This earthquake in Ridgecrest has not increased the chance of an earthquake in Southern California, in the metropolitan area," said Jones, founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science & Society. "It has also not decreased it."
That fact has not assuaged the fears of many residents, officials acknowledged.
"These earthquakes have left us rattled,'' Hahn said. "People are worried, and I don't know if this press conference today is going to make them more worried or less worried, but we're hoping that what it does is get them prepared, so they can rest a little easier."
Be sure to check out the following websites, which are included to enhance your ability to get better prepared.
- AlertOC - AlertOC is Orange County's regional public mass notification system designed to keep those who live or work in Orange County informed of important information when there is an emergency situation affecting the health, safety or welfare of a community.
- COPE Preparedness (Community Outreach Promoting Emergency Preparedness)
- County of Los Angeles Fire Department
- County of Los Angeles Public Health
- County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health
- Earthquake Country Alliance
- Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office, Office of Emergency Management
- Los Angeles Fire Department
- Orange County Health Care Agency
- Orange County Sheriff's Department Emergency Management Bureau
- ReadyOC - ReadyOC.org is an online portal that provides you with access to Orange County's most comprehensive array of emergency preparedness tools and resources that you need to be ready for disasters.
- Southern California Earthquake Center
- Ventura County Fire Department
- Ventura County Sheriff's Department Office of Emergency Services
- For your pets