Needles, CA: Are You Prepared and Ready?

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Needles, CA: Are You Prepared and Ready?

At around 10:50pm PT on Sunday, November 1st, 2015, a magnitude 3.0 earthquake hits near Needles, California.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the magnitude 3.0 earthquake was centered 21 miles south southwest of Needles, California or 25 miles west northwest of Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

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M3.0 – 34km SSW of Needles, California:

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez spoke to San Bernardino County Fire Department Caption Daniel Nelson outside San Bernardino County Fire Department Station 31 in Downtown Needles, California about the earthquake and to talk about what people should have prepared in case of an earthquake.

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ZachNews made calls and checked around the area and from Needles, California in the north, to Vidal Junction, California to the south; from Havasu Landings, California to the east, to Yucca Valley, California to the west, nobody felt anything or even knew an earthquake happened.

According to Susan Garcia from the United States Geological Survey, the United States Geological Survey’s “Did You Feel It?” webpage reports 7 responses from 7 zip codes. The shaking was reported as weak shaking and no damage.

Susan Garcia from the United States Geological Survey also tells ZachNews that the epicenter appears to have struck on the edge of the Stepladder Mountains in the Chemehuevi Valley, west of U.S. Route 95.

There was no reports of damages, injures, or deaths reported from authorities.

Although rare to have an earthquake hit close to Needles, California and this earthquake was nothing to worry about, the earthquake did get people in the community to ask themselves, “Am I prepared and ready in case something major happens happens in our community?”

We may not get an earthquake directly under Needles, California, but there has been in the pass earthquakes that hit miles away that people living in Needles, California did feel; such as the magnitude 7.3 earthquake that hit the Landers, California area on Sunday, June 28th, 1992 or the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit that Hector Mine area on Saturday, October 16th, 1999.

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Earthquakes may be something to be aware of if they’re miles away and powerful enough, but in and around Needles, California, other disasters such as wildfire, dust storms, server storms, a microburst, or flash flooding have caused problems, mess, and damages to the community in the pass. 

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A wildfire named the “Willow Fire” damaged several homes in the Mohave Valley, Arizona area back on Saturday, August 8th, 2015. ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez captured up close the wildfire just before the wildfire headed northeast where homes were at. The wildfire lasted for days and changed the lives for many who lost everything. 

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A reported microburst hit the Needles, California area back on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 causing the roof of the Burger Hut restaurant to be blown off, knocked over brick walls, collapsed a office trailer, and knocked over utility lines and trees all over the community.

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Flash flooding hit near Needles, California back on Sunday, August 25th, 2013 stranding motorists on a water and mud. The California Highway Patrol had to close the interchange with Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 95 because of the flooding and mud that washed out the roadway and railway. 

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The storm also made the Colorado River into a muddy river. The flooding, mud runoff, and muddy Colorado River was all caused by heavy rain from what was Tropical Storm Ivo.

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Back on Thursday, October 15th, 2015, hundreds of vehicles were covered in mud for days along State Route 58 in Tehachapi, California and runoff from that storm caused the death of a man who was trapped inside his vehicle, that was covered in mud, and was found days later in Palmdale, California.

With El Niño beginning, could we see in our community a powerful storm that’s powerful enough to cause that amount of mess, damage, and even death such as what happened along State Route 58 in Tehachapi, California? and if so, are you, your family, your friends, your co-workers, and your community prepared and ready?

Everybody hopes that no disasters happen, but just in case disaster hits, being prepared and having a plan of action is not only smart, but may keep everybody you love safe and alive.

ZachNews has prepared a page with a list of information, list of do’s and don’t, and resources that can help you be prepared and ready for yourself, your family, your friends, your co-workers, and your community in case disasters hits.

** You can view “Are You Prepared and Ready?” at the following ZachNews on WordPress website address: **

**** Always Be Prepared and Ready!! ****



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