Bakersfield, CA Earthquake Damage Is Heavy, Aug 1952
NEW QUAKE JARS SOUTHLAND, BAKERSFIELD LOSS IN MILLIONS.
2 DEAD, 32 HURT, BUSINESS AREA LEFT SHAMBLES.
RESCUERS DIG INTO WRECKAGE, MORE TEMBLORS FEARED.
Bakersfield, Calif. (UP) -- Another earthquake rattled windows in Southern California today as Bakersfield dug out of the debris left by the bomblike earth shock that caused the deaths of two persons yesterday, injured at least 32, and made a shambles of the business district.
Police and sheriff's switchboards were deluged with telephone calls from frightened Southern Californians shaken awake in the predawn by another in the series of "after-shocks" that hav been hitting regularly since the big Tehachapi 'quake 33 days ago.
Seismologist Dr. Charles F. Richter, of the California Institute of Technology at Pasadena, warned that Southern California can expect shocks as big as the Bakersfield temblor for "a year or more -- at wider and wider intervals."
Authorities here, meanwhile, estimated that damage from yesterday's sudden shake would run upwards of $100,000,000. The $20,000,000 Kern County Central hospital, which suffered a $3,000,000 beating in the Tehachapi 'quake, was to be written off as a complete loss -- with the cost of rebuilding the structure more than doubled since it was built in 1923.
Rescue teams who probed the crumpled downtown buildings beginning at dawn today for four persons believed missing called off their search in mid morning with the announcement they were satisfied no more bodies remained and the death toll stood firm at two.
Five of the 32 persons injured still remained hospitalized this morning, none of them in critical condition, although they were badly hurt.
The second temblor felt much lighter than the devastating jolt that whip cracked through Bakersfield yesterday afternoon, ripping fronts from buildings, collapsing roofs and crippling hospital facilities.
It hit Los Angeles at 3:10 a.m. (PDT) as a series of small rocking jolts that lasted several seconds. The temblor was not felt here although it was described as "sharp" 46 miles away in Tehachapi and 60 miles away in Lancaster.
There was no reports of damage from the second earthquake.
Bakersfield city officials estimated that damage from yesterday's ruinous quake, which crumbled or damaged buildings in a 20-block area, would run into millions of dollars.
Authorities expressed surprise that the big shake caused relatively light casualties because it struck when the downtown area was crowded with shoppers.
Only two bodies have been recovered.
GEORGE P. COZBY, 68, of Bakersfield, who was killed when the ceiling of the Kern Implement Company collapsed.
EDNA LEDBETTER, 30, of McFarland, a suburb about 20 miles from here.
MISS LEDBETTER was shopping at a women's store, Lerner's Dress shop, when the roof fell in, injuring a number of other persons
Yesterday's jolt was recorded as having a magnitude of six on the Richter scale, which lists 10 as total destruction. The Tehachapi-Arvin quake had an intensity of 7.5.
One elderly Bakersfield resident, BURGE BIRKLAND, 70, suffered a broken leg when the audience in a movie theatre stampeded and trampled him.
The Red Cross released the names of 29 injured:
San Mateo Times California 1952-08-23
Researched and Transcribed by Stu Beitler. Thank you, Stu!