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Fijians Safe After 2 Quakes Rock California

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for San Bernadino County yesterday, to allow the State government to provide essential services, support and assistance to those who suffered in the quakes.
08 Jul 2019 12:31
Fijians Safe After 2 Quakes Rock California
Workers examine a crack in a road in Ridgecrest, California, caused by an earthquake

Fijians living in southern California are taking stock, contacting each other and keeping their families safe in the wake of the declaration of a state of emergency after two earthquakes rocked the area in two days.

A 6.4 magnitude tremor shook the region on Friday (Fiji Time) and the 7.1 magnitude quake hit northeast of the city of Ridgecrest in Southern California on Saturday (Fiji Time).

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for San Bernadino County yesterday, to allow the State government to provide essential services, support and assistance to those who suffered in the quakes.

Meanwhile, a former Fiji Broadcasting Corporation commentator Dinesh Solanki, who is now a Los Angeles resident, said the earthquake was so powerful. “it did shake LA”.

Dinesh Solanki

Dinesh Solanki

Mr Solanki (also known as Tiger Solanki) has been living in Los Angeles with his family for the past 22 years.

Los Angeles is about a two-hour drive from Ridgecrest.

Mr Solanki said it was also felt in Los Angeles and he could see cars in the parking lot moving and the water in pools splashing out.

“The situation at the moment in Los Angeles is normal, but they are predicting that there will be another big one in the next few days.

“I am thankful that all my family are safe,” he said.

Mr Solanki said of all the years he had been in LA, he experienced a few earthquakes, but the last two were the strongest.

Mr Solanki is the General Manager of Travelodge Hotel in El Segundo, Los Angeles.

Also speaking from Beaumont in California, Lomanikoro, Bua, native Alena Inocentes said they could feel it too, but there was no damage and her family is safe.

“We knew it was still serious because the water in our pool was creating waves and splashing out.,” she said.

“But since we had two earthquakes in two days, the people of California have been advised to get our emergency kits, canned food and an emergency plan set for each family.”

Alena Inocentes, her husbands Stierlin Inocentes with their kids Mary Ann, Tambua and Everett Inocentes at their home in California.

Alena Inocentes, her husbands Stierlin Inocentes with their kids Mary Ann, Tambua and Everett Inocentes at their home in California.

Mrs Inocentes has been living in California for four years with her husband and three children.

According to the Los Angeles Times the 7.1 magnitude earthquake tipped buildings off their foundations and left residents on edge, but did not cause any fatalities or major injuries.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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