California earthquakes: First death apparently linked to California earthquakes reported

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"The vehicle that the man was pinned under had been jacked up safely and, based on the positioning of the body and the tools found at the scene, the man appeared to be working on the vehicle at the time of his death", Tippetts said.

The sheriff's office says his death may be the result of the vehicle falling off the jack during Thursday's 6.4 quake in Ridgecrest.

The recent earthquakes that shook the region over the Fourth of July weekend did significant damage in some areas like Ridgecrest and Trona, but fortunately there was no loss of life.

Planet Labs Inc. captured before and after satellite photos on July 4 and 6 that show a rupture in the Earth's surface near the epicenter of Friday's 7.1 magnitude quake, which was 11 miles north-northeast of Ridgecrest, California.

Using sheets, blankets, and belts to tie it all together, Hatchett built a shelter for his wife and two kids, ages one and five, as they wait out the uncertainty of when another quake may hit.

Investigators believe the 56-year-old man was working underneath his old Jeep, which was lifted and secured with jacks Thursday morning when a 6.4-magnitude shaker struck near Ridgecrest, Calif, about 180 driving miles southwest of Pahrump, Sgt. Adam Tippetts said.

Teams had so far surveyed just 10 per cent of the 1,200 facilities at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, spokeswoman Margo Allen said. It's unclear when personnel and their families will be able to return. The shaking cracked walls in a chapel and school and brought down commissary shelves, Allen said.

Water and gas service had been restored at the base, but engineers were ensuring buildings were safe to enter.

"Everything came off the walls".

One person suffered a minor foot injury.

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.

The USGS added "that there's a 70% chance an natural disaster of a magnitude of 6.7 or higher will strike the San Francisco Bay area along the San Andreas fault zone before 2030".

'With all the earthquakes, it really changes your mind, ' said fellow resident Tony Nee.

'With any disaster, not just quake, you need to be able to get out when you need to get out, ' he said.

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