July 9, 2020
Bill puts military earthquake damage repairs on fast track
RIDGECREST - (INT) – Military officials are revealing the impact of the Ridgecrest earthquakes on the China Lake Naval Air Weapons station.

The Navy Times reports the base is still closed to nonessential personnel. Water and gas service have been restored, but engineers are ensuring buildings are safe to enter. The shaking cracked walls in a chapel and a school and brought down commissary shelves.

Since Saturday, the Navy testing installation has been declared “not mission capable until further notice.”

U.S. Geological Survey experts identified the epicenters of the two largest tremors and countless others as occurring within the Navy installation.

On a related note, Congress was expected to act this week on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to repair any damages to military bases caused by the earthquakes. The amendment includes any damages sustained at nearby Edwards Air Force Base and the Army installation at Fort Irwin.

San Bernardino County Congressman Paul Cook said “Congress has a duty to ensure these bases are operational and mission ready.”
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