Nevada man identified as first fatal of victim of California earthquake

Mail Online | 7/10/2019 | James Tweedie For Mailonline
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Police in Nevada say they have found the first fatal victim of last week's California earthquake, who was crushed by a jeep some 150 miles from the epicenter.

The 56-year-old man, who has not yet been named, was found pinned underneath a jeep in the small Nevada town of Pahrump near the border with California on Tuesday.

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The man was last seen alive at a gas station the day before the earthquake on July 4, and it is believed he was trapped under the vehicle for five days until his body was discovered by authorities on Tuesday at around 1 pm.

Nye County Sheriff's Office said that the vehicle was jacked up safely and due to its positioning, it appeared the man was working on the car.

Investigation - Man - Point - July - Earthquake

Further investigation revealed the man died at some point during the July 4 earthquake.

Sergeant Adam Tippetts said: 'Upon arrival deputies located a 56-year-old deceased male pinned under that vehicle.

Nye - County - Sheriff - Investigation - Death

'The Nye County Sheriff's investigation reveals that this death may be the result of the vehicle falling off the jacks on July 4 during the earthquake.'

Parhump is roughly 150 miles from the epicenter of the magnitude 6.4 quake which struck on Independence Day near the southern Californian town of Ridgecrest.

Man - Identity - Kin

The dead man's identity has not been released until his next of kin are informed.

The earthquake was followed the next evening by a 7.1 magnitude tremor in the Mojave Desert, which was felt as far as Phoenix and Mexico and caused damage in the surrounding areas.

Authorities - Deaths - Injuries

Authorities said that no other deaths or major injuries have so far been reported.

Meanwhile, Bay Area residents are preparing earthquake survival kits as seismologists say they have measured 1,289 tremors over magnitude 2.5 - strong enough to be felt - since last Thursday's quake.

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