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Man under Jeep likely crushed in CA quake, NV officials say

Latham uses his leg to measure the amount of offset in the desert floor caused by yesterdays magnitude 7.1 earthquake along California State Route 178 between Ridgecrest and Trona California Robyn Beck AFP Getty Images
Deanna Wagner | 11 July, 2019, 14:32

The body of a 56-year-old man was found pinned under a jeep over the state line in Pahrump, Nevada, around 100 miles from the epicenter of the earthquakes near Ridgecrest, California.

The Nevada man had last been seen July 3 at a gas station, Tippetts said.

Authorities believe the man, who appeared to have been working on the Jeep, died when the vehicle fell off jacks onto him during the July 4 natural disaster, Tippetts said.

It was not immediately clear whether the man was trapped alive for some time or was killed instantly.

The July 4 quake, which measured 6.4, was felt as far as North Sacramento, over 300 miles away, and as far south as San Diego, according to the U.S.

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A day earlier, the Ridgecrest region had been rocked by a 7.1-magnitude temblor - the most powerful quake to hit Southern California in two decades. The earthquakes' epicentre was close to the city of Ridgecrest, 150 miles (241km) northeast of Los Angeles.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) says the quake occurred at a depth of about 8 kilometres, and was the result of strike-slip faulting (plates grinding against each other in a roughly horizontal fashion) at a juncture of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates known as the Eastern California shear zone. It's unclear when personnel and their families will be able to return.

Water and gas service had been restored at the base, but engineers were ensuring buildings were safe to enter.

Officials are investigating what they believe to be the first death caused by the earthquakes that shook California last week. Allen says the shaking cracked walls in a chapel and school and brought down commissary shelves.

One person sustained a minor foot injury. The U.S. Geological Survey said the aftershocks will taper off, and the probability of another large quake - magnitude 4 or higher - also will decrease.