Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement after a second major earthquake in two days in Southern California:
“Tonight’s earthquake, again centered near Ridgecrest, is currently listed at 7.1 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey. This powerful aftershock, one of 1,400 reported by scientists today, shows that yesterday’s temblor was just a foreshock.
“The potential for danger can’t be underestimated, and residents of Southern California must be prepared in case there are further, more dangerous quakes.
“My office is in close contact with FEMA to determine whether there are any injuries and the extent of damage, as well as what role the federal government can play in responding. My staff is ready to mobilize to ensure that support quickly reaches those Californians who need it.
“Governor Newsom wisely declared a state of emergency yesterday, and the Los Angeles Fire Department is now working under its emergency earthquake protocol. My thanks go out to all the first responders in Ridgecrest and throughout the region who are standing by to help.”