Navy’s China Lake base in SoCal still closed due to major earthquakes last week

Navy’s China Lake base in SoCal still closed due to major earthquakes last week
Near China Lake NAS and Ridgecrest, earthquake damage to California HWY 178 after July 2019 temblors. USGS image via USNI Blog

[Ed. – It’s not clear how much it may be affecting operations.  A lot of air weapons testing goes on there; presumably there will be setbacks in that regard.  The range is used often by combat squadrons from Lemoore.]

A sprawling Navy base in the Southern California desert is still closed to nonessential personnel Tuesday as the military works to determine the damage from two powerful earthquakes last week.

Teams have so far surveyed just 10% of the 1,200 facilities at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, spokeswoman Margo Allen said. It’s unclear when personnel and their families will be able to return. …

Water and gas service have been restored at the base, but engineers are ensuring buildings are safe to enter. The shaking cracked walls in a chapel and school and brought down commissary shelves, Allen said.

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