China Lake assessing earthquake damages

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

China Lake assessing earthquake damagesChina Lake officials hosted local and national media on a tour to survey some of the damages sustained during last week’s earthquakes.

Capt. Paul Dale likened the process of cleaning up after the 6.4-magnitude quake, only to be rocked 34 hours later by a 7.1, to building a sand castle, watching it get washed away, and starting over from the very beginning.

Members of the tour surveyed some of the damages at Richmond Elementary School, All Faith Chapel, the NAWS Rec Center and the Commissary.

Dale said that official damage reports will be released as soon as they are available. He said that NAWS has evacuated most non-essential personnel and their families, and only about 100 still remain on base. The 23 commands on the station are identifying their employees about return-to-work dates on an individual basis, he said. Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake and Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division employees can check FB for updates.

USGS officials who accompanied members of the tour reported seeing 12-foot vertical shifts and 9-foot horizontal shifts on the landscape following the recent earthquakes. Watch future stories for a detailed report. See Facebook ( for more pictures.

NAWS Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Dale briefs media outside the All Faith Chapel, which suffered interior and structural damage.

Story First Published: 2019-07-09