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Quake Swarm is Warning for Residents and Businesses to Prepare

September 30, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – This week’s earthquake swarm in Bombay Beach on the Salton Sea, south of where the San Andreas Fault ends, is a stark reminder that Riverside County residents and businesses must prepare for earthquakes. “Earthquakes can happen at any time,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of the Riverside County Emergency Management Department (EMD). “It is important to remember that Southern California is earthquake country and Riverside County has active fault lines running through it. The time to prepare for earthquakes is now.”

The California Office of Emergency Services issued an earthquake advisory following this earthquake swarm noting that the probability of another earthquake reaching a 4.3 magnitude or higher is between 0.03 and 1 percent through Tuesday, October 4 at 9:00 a.m. While the likelihood of another earthquake near the Salton Sea is fairly low, it is critical for all Riverside County residents and businesses to plan for what to do before, during and after an earthquake, including:

  • Create an emergency kit with water, food and other essential items that will sustain your family for three to seven days.

  • Drop, cover and hold on during the shaking.

  • If driving, pull to the side of road and stop until shaking stops.

  • If driving, do not take cover under overpasses or bridges.

  • If you smell gas, evacuate the area.

  • Do not handle or drive over downed power lines.

In the event of an earthquake, EMD will provide emergency information and instructions via the media, social media and mass notification channels. Visit and @RivCoReady on Twitter for valuable preparedness information, including information on how to build an emergency kit. Community members are also urged to register cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses with the County’s Early Warning Notification System at

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