Boy scoops up a little girl and flees a laundromat in Ridgecrest moments after the earthquake hits

Mail Online | 7/7/2019 | Associated Press; Reporter
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Dramatic surveillance video taken from Ridgecrest, California during the second powerful earthquake to hit the region on Friday evening shows a young boy quickly haul a little girl out of a laundromat just seconds before the ceiling collapses.

Closed circuit cameras captured a family that was doing laundry inside the laundromat hurry toward the exits as the quake struck.

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One little boy was carrying a small girl during the terrifying ordeal, video broadcast by KFSN-TV shows.

Just seconds after the family runs out of the laundromat, parts of the ceiling crashed to the floor.

Officials - Ridgecrest - Trona - Desert - Communities

Officials in Ridgecrest and Trona, the two damaged desert communities, worked Sunday to repair roads and restore utilities following the largest earthquake in Southern California in nearly two decades.

The two neighboring towns were hit hard by the magnitude 7.1 quake that rocked the remote Mojave Desert region on Friday.

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Roads in Ridgecrest were in good shape, electricity was back on and the water system was working, said Jed McLaughlin, chief of police for the town of 28,000.

Buses planned to run again Monday.

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But many in nearby Trona, a gateway for Death Valley, didn't have water, and crews were still patching up cracked roads in the town of fewer than 2,000 people.

Residents lined up for free water that National Guard soldiers handed out at Trona High School.

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'I just picked up a couple cases for me and my dog,' said Jeb Haleman, adding that his home of 40 years otherwise escaped unscathed.

Friday's quake sparked several house fires, shut off power, snapped gas lines, cracked buildings and flooded some homes when water lines broke.

Officials - Damage - Buildings

Officials were still reviewing the damage to buildings.

It came a day after a magnitude 6.4 temblor hit the same patch of the desert Thursday.

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Officials have voiced concerns about the possibility of major aftershocks in the days and even months to...
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