San Bernardino County, CA: Remembering the Hector Mine Earthquake 20 years ago today.

San Bernardino County, CA: Remembering the Hector Mine Earthquake 20 years ago today.

At 2:46 a.m. PT on Saturday, October 16th, 1999, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked the Mojave Desert area of San Bernardino County, California.

The earthquake occurred 32 miles north of the town of Joshua Tree, California and 47 miles east-southeast of Barstow, California, and was felt as far west as Los Angeles, California, far north pass Las Vegas, Nevada, and as far east past Needles, California.

** Pictures from NBC Palms Springs: **

Some reports of damages occurred, ranging from items being knocked off the shelves and broking inside video and grocery stores, to damage to some structures at a mobile home park and cracks along some bridges over Interstate 40.

** Pictures from NBC Palms Springs: **

Passengers and crew aboard a westbound Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger train (Train #3) were rocked out of the sleep as several train cars derailed as the passenger train traveled very near the epicenter when the earthquake struck.

Only minor injuries were reported in the passenger train derailment, and the passenger train suffered repairable damage.

On Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 will mark 20 years after the Hector Mine Earthquake, people who remember being woken out of bed in the esrly morning hours during the earthquake say they’re going to be participating in the Great Shake Out Earthquake Drill happening at 10:17 a.m. PT on Thursday, October 17th, 2019.

Before an earthquake or any other disasters occurrs, always have an emergency preparedness kit ready, have a plan and practice that plan to keep you and those around you safe, and when disaster hits, calmly act on those safety plan.

After the disaster, remain calm as much as possible so you can better focus, help and handle whatever may occur following a disaster.

** Learn more about earthquake and disaster preparedness by checking out following websites: **

– ShakeOut:

https://www.shakeout.org/index.html

– Earthquake Country Alliance:

https://www.earthquakecountry.org

– American Red Cross:

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/survival-kit-supplies.html

– Ready.Gov:

https://www.ready.gov/earthquakes

** Picture Above from U.S. Geological Survey: **

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