On Friday, July 5, Southern California residents — specifically those in Kern County — were shaken by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, per The Washington Post. The severity of the tremors caused multiple fires, power outages, road ruptures, water leaks, and gas leaks, and it left many residents in need of aid. If you weren't directly affected by the disaster but still want to help those who are suffering from the aftermath, here's how to help California earthquake victims.
California's latest series of earthquakes started on July 4, and it became increasingly worse in the following two days. According to ABC News 23, a local Southern California news station in Bakersfield, 6.4-magnitude earthquakes started shaking the Southern California area amidst Independence Day celebrations. According to Variety, a number of rides at Disneyland were closed due to the tremors, and nearby movie theaters were evacuated.
Eventually, the July 4 earthquakes passed through, but seismologists were predicting aftershocks to follow. According to The Desert Sun, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake rolled through the following day, on July 5. There are no reported deaths due to the earthquake as of publication, however, there are many residents left with non-life-threatening injuries, with many displaced from their homes. On the morning of July 5, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a state of emergency in San Bernardino County, according to NBC 4 Los Angeles. A state of emergency was previously issued for Kern County on July 4. With those orders from the governor, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services "shall ensure adequate state staffing to expedite disaster response and recovery efforts," per the emergency proclamation. If you would like to help those who were affected by the quakes, check out how you can make a difference, below.