While the President’s “Salute to America” celebration was battling inclement weather that threatened to cancel the “biggest ever” fireworks show, Californians are suffering from a major natural disaster.
In southern California a massive, 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck, causing damage to roads and buildings.
— Rex Emerson (@Rex_Emerson) July 4, 2019
Stores were also socked by the shaking, sending the celebratory suds crashing to the floor.
— WX-EatonvilleWA (@EatonvilleWAWX) July 4, 2019
Some even took a moment to chide CNN for their shoddy reporting on the quake, which is the most powerful that the region has seen in decades.
Please, do #journalism.
Watch and listen to YOUR OWN reporting on CNN.
You've been showing a house burning to the ground for the past 2 hours, structure damage, power outages, etc.
— amys ? (@amys_bus_ticket) July 4, 2019
One newsman reported that the quake had a unique feel to it.
"The craziest thing about this one is it kept rolling and rolling and rolling and rolling." NBC News' @LesterHoltNBC – who was on the scene in Santa Monica – described how the #earthquake felt in a TV report https://t.co/I9Gwy9cahi pic.twitter.com/kT1GwKMsdJ
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 4, 2019
One Twitter user even lamented that the movie Independence Day began with an earthquake that turned out to be an alien invasion…
Oh hey California… y’all remember when the movie Independence Day started with an #Earthquake too…? Ok cool. Nothing to see here. Move along. ????? #4thOfJuly #WeNeedWillSmith pic.twitter.com/053Yw9P2JJ
— Hot Mess & Blessed (@HotMessBless) July 4, 2019
Scarier still; the shaking could be far from over.
Lucy Jones, a seismologist and founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science & Society, said it was the strongest quake to hit the state in 20 years. A magnitude 4.0 quake reported about half an hour before the 6.4 was a foreshock, she said.
“It’s certain that this area will be shaken a lot today,” Jones said at a news briefing. “Some of those aftershocks might exceed magnitude 5.”
Stay safe, California!
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