Massive California earthquake rips small church, forces congregants at another to scatter | 7/8/2019 | Staff
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A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Southern California ripped a small church and forced congregants at another to scatter during a worship service Friday night.

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The earthquake struck at 8:19 p.m. and was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest, the same area where a 6.4-magnitude earthquake had struck a day earlier, leaving deep cracks in foundations and buildings and triggering fires and other infrastructure damage.

“Lots of damage to the church building. But we thank the Lord that everyone is all right. We were thinking today how grateful we are that the first earthquake happened on the Fourth of July so families were home together. God is so full of Grace,” First Baptist Church in Trona posted on Facebook Saturday.

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“As you may guess we will not be able to celebrate our church anniversary with a barbecue tomorrow as there is much work to do in the fellowship hall. We will have a regular service at 11 AM in the sanctuary. There will be no nursery or Sunday school tomorrow nor evening service. We have heard from many and so far everyone seems to be all right. Now we’ll just start the cleanup process assess any damage and move on. We want to thank the Lord for the safety that he’s given us through these last few days."

Photos shared by the church on social media showed damage to the church yard as well as inside the church building. Pastor Larry Cox told the Los Angeles Times that despite the damage the church suffered they still served as a water station and had the men of the congregation go from home to home to check in on “widows and shut-ins” in the small town of 2,000.

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