Navy’s China Lake Base Closed, Assessing Damage After 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake

An EA-18G and an F/A-18F fly in formation over Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. (U.S. Navy photo)
An EA-18G and an F/A-18F fly in formation over Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. (U.S. Navy photo)

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake was closed Friday as officials assessed infrastructure damage caused by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook southern California on Thursday.

No casualties or injuries were reported, and all buildings are intact and standing, though officials continue to assess the 1.2 million acres of the base for structural damage, according to information posted to the base’s Facebook page. The base is located 150 miles north of Los Angeles and just northwest of Ridgecrest, the epicenter of the earthquake.

“The United States Geological Survey has confirmed that the epicenter of the series of recent, local quakes was on two faults that are located aboard Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake,” stated a post on the base’s Facebook page. “There is currently a team from [the U.S. Geological Survey] and California Geological Survey on the installation studying the event.”

Only mission essential personnel and housing residents are allowed on base through 5 a.m. Monday, according to the post. Anyone on base is asked to use caution when entering buildings.

China Lake supports the Navy's research, testing and evaluation missions and is home to Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, two air test and evaluation squadrons and a Marine Aviation Detachment, among other units.

This article is written by Rose L. Thayer from Stars and Stripes and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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