Nevada police say they found the first fatal victim of the California earthquake last week – which was crushed by a jeep – 150 miles from the epicenter.
And residents of the Bay Area are preparing earthquake survival kits, while seismologists say they have measured 1,289 vibrations of magnitude 2.5 – strong enough to be felt – since last Thursday's earthquake.
Meanwhile, a US Navy airbase remained closed to non-essential personnel because crews repaired damage and checked whether buildings were safe.
The 56-year-old man was found dead under a jeep that had fallen off his jack and held him
The 56-year-old man, who has not yet been mentioned, was pinned under a jeep on Tuesday in the small town of Pahrump near the California border with Nevada.
The Nye County sheriff department said authorities were called to the scene at 1:00 pm on the estate on the outskirts of town.
Sergeant Adam Tippetts said that the position of the man's body and his tools nearby suggested that he had been working on the vehicle when it fell off the jack.
The property on the outskirts of Pahrump in Nye County, Nevada, where Tuesday was the only victim of last week's California earthquake
The man was last seen alive the day before the earthquake at a local gas station.
& # 39; This is what we believe to be an earthquake-related death, & # 39; Tippetts said, emphasizing that the jeep was securely mounted on the jack before the man started working under it.
Parhump is about 150 miles from the July 6.4 epicenter of the magnitude 4 Independence Day earthquake near the southern California city of Ridgecrest.
The identity of the deceased was withheld until his close family was informed.
Nye County Sheriff & # 39; s Department Sergeant Adam Tippetts announced the discovery of the dead man in a video report
Meanwhile, the vast Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake remained closed on Tuesday, almost a week after the earthquake.
Teams had so far questioned only 10 percent of the 1,200 facilities on the base, said Margo Allen spokeswoman.
It was unclear when staff and their families could return.
Naval Air Weapons China Lake Station remained closed on Tuesday for non-essential personnel
The water and gas supply was restored at the base, but engineers made sure buildings were safe to enter.
The vibrating cracked walls in a chapel and at school and brought down commissary boards, Allen said.
& # 39; Everything came from the wall. There is a lot of clean-up that still needs to be done, & she said.
One person suffered a slight foot injury.
Retired F-4 Phantom (right) and F-6 Skyray (left) hunters parked at the entrance of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, which was still closed for non-essential personnel on Tuesday
The US Geological Survey said it had registered 5,714 aftershocks over magnitude 2 in the past week.
1289 of them were more than 2.5 large – strong enough to be felt – and 28 more than 4.5, almost violent enough to damage buildings.
As a result, residents of the San Francsico Bay Area, far north of Ridgequest, are making sure they have everything they need in case a major earthquake hits and they have to evacuate, Kron 4 reported.
& # 39; It's not that I want to be scared, I want to be prepared, & # 39; said Darlene Rose Demaria.
& # 39; I made sure I had low denominations, as well as masks and some clothes & # 39; in her car, she said.
Crews are working on repairing part of Highway 178 in the wake of the California earthquake
& # 39; With all earthquakes, it really changes its mind & # 39 ;, said co-resident Tony No.
& # 39; People react when they feel the disaster & # 39 ;, says Jeff Tateosian, who has been running a disaster store in Burlingame for the last 25 years, selling packaged food that will last for 25 years.
His ready-made & # 39; grab and go & # 39; kits include food, water and medical supplies, as well as & # 39; light bars, nocturnal bodywarmers to keep you warm & # 39 ;, Tateosian said.
& # 39; With every disaster, not just an earthquake, you have to be able to get out if you need to get out, & he said.
& # 39; Wildfire is coming, you have to run outside, grab your catastrophe and go kit and you will survive at least the next 72 hours with food water medication. & # 39;
& # 39; Don't delay, prepare, & # 39; said Tateosian.
Ridgecrest residents take photos of a recent fracture after two major earthquakes in the area
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