Looters descend on California town wrecked by 7.1 magnitude earthquake

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Looting has been reported in the town that experienced the worst of the two massive earthquakes that shook Southern California on Thursday and Friday.

Ridgecrest, which sits about 10 miles from the epicenters of both tremors, is just beginning to survey the extent of the damage from the quakes that cracked buildings, ignited fires and left thousands without power.

Mayor - Peggy - Breeden - KTLA - People

Mayor Peggy Breeden told KTLA that 'bad people' have been adding to the difficult situation by stealing from businesses where merchandise was rattled off the shelves and scattered all over the floor.

The first earthquake measuring at magnitude 6.4 shook the city on Thursday morning. It was determined to be a foreshock to an even larger 7.1 temblor that came 32 hours later on Friday night.

Press - Conference - Saturday - Morning - Kern

During a press conference Saturday morning, Kern County Fire Chief David Witt said there are no known fatalities from the earthquake but admitted that little is known about the destruction at this point.

'We do feel like there is damage, but we don’t know the extent of it yet,' Witt told reporters. 'Nobody was trapped, no major collapses that we know of, but we are out there searching.'

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He said damage evaluation is just picking up speed because 'it's hard to gather intel in darkness'.

Firefighters were seen battling flames at a mobile home park in Ridgecrest overnight after an electrical fire broke out.

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Shockwaves from Friday's quake were felt in Las Vegas and downtown Los Angeles as a rolling motion that seemed to last at least a half-minute.

Dr - Lucy - Jones - Seismologist - California

Dr Lucy Jones, a seismologist for the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), said it was the most powerful to hit Southern California since another 7.1 temblor in the same area in 1999.

Jones also warned there is about a one-in-10 chance that...
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