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Californians Clean Up After Strongest Earthquake in 20 Years

加利福尼亚人做20年内最强地震后的清理工作

The strongest earthquake to hit California in 20 years caused minor injuries and damage in a town near the quake’s epicenter.

加利福尼亚20年来最强烈的地震对地震源附近的城镇造成了轻微的损伤和破坏。

The quake struck Thursday morning in the Mojave Desert, about 240 kilometers northeast of Los Angeles. Scientists say it measured 6.4 in magnitude. The United States Geological Survey defines magnitude as a number that represents the relative size of a quake.

周二早上莫哈韦沙漠发生地震,约在洛杉矶东北部的240千米。科学家表示测量到的地震有6.4级。美国地质勘探局将震级定义为可代表地震相对大小的一个数字。

An area near the small town of Ridgecrest was most affected by the quake. But it was felt by people in areas as far away as Los Angeles and Las Vegas, in the neighboring state of Nevada.

小镇里奇克雷斯特附近的一个地区受到地震的影响最大。但是像洛杉矶、拉斯维加斯和内华达州的邻州这些距离很远的地区的人们也感觉到了地震。

Officials said more than 80 aftershocks shook the town and nearby areas by Friday. One of them had a magnitude of 4.5.

官员表示到周五这个小镇和周边地区发生了80多次余震。其中一个余震达到了4.5级。

These aftershocks were expected to continue.

预计余震还会继续发生。

The fire chief in California’s Kern County, David Witt, told reporters only a few “minor” injuries were reported. He said the injuries came from broken glass and objects falling inside local businesses.

加利福尼亚州的克恩县的消防队长戴维·维特告诉记者只报告了几个轻微的受伤人员。他说损伤是破碎的玻璃和当地商店内坠落的物体引起的。

Witt added that some hospital patients were moved from the town’s main hospital because it received damage.

维特补充道一些医院的病人已经从镇上的中心医院被转移走因为这个医院也受到了破坏。

Two houses caught fire from broken gas lines. Some power lines went down, leaving thousands of people without electricity. The quake was blamed for some small grass fires and damage to roads.

两座房屋由于煤气管道破裂而起火。一些电线断了导致数千人断电。人们指责这场地震带来了一些小型草地起火,道路也受到损害。

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Kern County, meaning the area can receive state aid and recovery assistance.

加利福尼亚州长加文·纽森宣布克恩县处于紧急状况之中,意味着该地区能得到州的救助和恢复援助。

Cora Burke is a restaurant worker in Ridgecrest. She told The Associated Press the earthquake “almost gave me a heart attack.” She described “a rolling feeling” inside the building. “And all of a sudden everything started falling off the shelf,” she said.

科拉·伯克是里奇克雷斯特一家饭店的员工。她告诉美联社地震“差点让我的心脏病发作。”她描述称在大楼里有种“翻滚的感觉”。“并且突然间所有东西开始从架子上坠落,”她说道。

Video images of one business showed the floor filled with broken bottles, boxes and food products that fell from shelves.

一家商店的监控录像显示地板上到处都是从架子上掉下来的破碎的瓶子、箱子和食品。

Lucy Jones is with the California Institute of Technology.

露西·琼斯在加州理工学院工作。

She said the earthquake was the strongest to hit California since a 7.1 quake struck the area on October 16, 1999.

她说这场地震是继1999年10月16日袭击该地区的那场7.1级地震之后,加利福尼亚遭受的最强烈的地震。

“This has been an extremely quiet, abnormal time,” Jones said. “This type of earthquake is much more normal...The long-term average is probably once every five or 10 years somewhere in Southern California.”

“这是一个极其安静而异常的时刻,”琼斯表示。“这种类型的地震再平常不过了……长期以来平均每五到十年加利福尼亚南部某个地区便可能会发生一次地震。”

I’m Bryan Lynn.

布赖恩·林恩为您报道。

Californians Clean Up After Strongest Earthquake in 20 Years

The strongest earthquake to hit California in 20 years caused minor injuries and damage in a town near the quake’s epicenter.

The quake struck Thursday morning in the Mojave Desert, about 240 kilometers northeast of Los Angeles. Scientists say it measured 6.4 in magnitude. The United States Geological Survey defines magnitude as a number that represents the relative size of a quake.

An area near the small town of Ridgecrest was most affected by the quake. But it was felt by people in areas as far away as Los Angeles and Las Vegas, in the neighboring state of Nevada.

Officials said more than 80 aftershocks shook the town and nearby areas by Friday. One of them had a magnitude of 4.5.

These aftershocks were expected to continue.

The fire chief in California’s Kern County, David Witt, told reporters only a few “minor” injuries were reported. He said the injuries came from broken glass and objects falling inside local businesses.

Witt added that some hospital patients were moved from the town’s main hospital because it received damage.

Two houses caught fire from broken gas lines. Some power lines went down, leaving thousands of people without electricity. The quake was blamed for some small grass fires and damage to roads.

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Kern County, meaning the area can receive state aid and recovery assistance.

Cora Burke is a restaurant worker in Ridgecrest. She told The Associated Press the earthquake “almost gave me a heart attack.” She described “a rolling feeling” inside the building. “And all of a sudden everything started falling off the shelf,” she said.

Video images of one business showed the floor filled with broken bottles, boxes and food products that fell from shelves.

Lucy Jones is with the California Institute of Technology.

She said the earthquake was the strongest to hit California since a 7.1 quake struck the area on October 16, 1999.

“This has been an extremely quiet, abnormal time,” Jones said. “This type of earthquake is much more normal...The long-term average is probably once every five or 10 years somewhere in Southern California.”

I’m Bryan Lynn.


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