(Reuters) – A Nevada man discovered lifeless and pinned beneath his Jeep is believed to have been a sufferer of one of many latest earthquakes in southern California that ranked among the many most extreme in 20 years, sheriff’s officers stated on Wednesday.
An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 shook the distant city of Ridgecrest within the Mojave desert on Friday, 1-1/2 days after certainly one of 6.four magnitude, each of which had been felt so far as Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
“That is what we imagine is an earthquake-related demise,” stated Sgt. Adam Tippetts of the Nye County Sheriff’s workplace, however the man’s identify was not launched, pending notification of his household.
The demise is the primary linked by authorities to both quake, the Los Angeles Instances newspaper stated.
Deputies had found the physique of the 56-year-old on Tuesday on his property in Pahrump, Nevada, about 180 miles (290 km) northeast of the California metropolis of Ridgecrest that took the brunt of the quakes.
Officers stated he was final seen alive on July three at a close-by fuel station. He was discovered below his automobile, on which he appeared to have been working when it appeared to have fallen off its jacks, Tippetts added.
Reporting by Wealthy McKay in Atlanta; Enhancing by Clarence Fernandez