Ridgecrest was hit with a 7.1 earthquake at about 8:30 p.m. on Friday night, just 34 hours after a 6.4 earthquake hit the town.
Many leaders have reached out, offering their direct support to Ridgecrest and their surrounding communities.
"Last night’s earthquake was one of the biggest ones I can remember. Lots of damage and power outages in the Ridgecrest area, but thankfully no reports of death or serious injuries.
First responders and search-and-rescue teams have been working through the night. I’ve been at our Incident Command Center coordinating with local officials and the Governor’s office to ensure Kern County has the response and recovery aid that we need."
"Immediately following the 7.1 magnitude earthquake I headed to the Kern County Emergency Operation Center in Bakersfield where I witnessed impressive communication and collaboration amongst our first responders and emergency providers.
This is an uneasy time for our neighbors and community, but I assure you Ridgecrest and the surrounding areas are not alone, and we will continue to provide the support necessary to ensure residents can move forward.
Our priority is to make sure all necessary resources and services are available to the Indian Wells Valley.”
“On behalf of all Californians, I offer my heartfelt support to those affected by tonight’s earthquake near Ridgecrest. The State of California will continue to offer support to aid residents in the region.
“Earlier this evening I formally requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance to further support emergency response and recovery in impacted communities.
“I have also activated the State Operations Center in Mather, California to its highest level and the center is already working closely with state, federal and local emergency managers and first responders.”
"I continue to monitor the situation and receive updates from Cal OES on the impact of both massive earthquakes. I am moved by the swift and collaborative response from local, state, and federal agencies. First responders are still evaluating the extent of the damage to commercial and residential infrastructure, but above all I am grateful to God that no lives have been reported lost.
"I appreciate Governor Newsom's expeditious response in activating a state of emergency. This action will provide the affected region with immediate resources. The governor's visit today to California's 16th Senate District will also allow him to see firsthand the extent of the damage. But we are strong and resilient so I am optimistic that we will quickly rebuild.
"However, our situation remains unpredictable as officials from OES indicate that we can expect more aftershocks and perhaps even another powerful quake. I urge everyone to be prepared and heed the warnings of first responders."