When a 6.4 magnitude earthquake and a 7. 1 magnitude earthquake hit Ridgecrest, California, it was felt in Los Angeles and Las Vegas as well with an estimated loss to the tune of $100 million.
Beautiful perspective of the left-lateral fault offset from the M6.4 quake on July 4th.
Photos by Forrest Lanning
With most houses getting destroyed, residents took refuge in shelters, and the communities became more stronger with many heroes rising to the occasion. One such hero is 11 years old, Armando Suarez.
When the laundromat where he, his mom and his 2-year-old sister Arianna were during the earthquake started shaking he knew exactly what to do. “It started shaking really badly and the roof starts to collapse in more,” Suarez said, “That’s when I grabbed my sister and ran toward the door because everything’s shaking.”
A clip of him during the act was caught on surveillance camera and shared on social media is winning many hearts online. His mom, Joann Yglesias, said she is grateful for her son. “Once we got outside, I grabbed my kids and held them really close to me,” Yglesias said, “I’m very, very proud of him and thankful he was there to react good.”
Armando is a real hero in our hearts because of the bravery and presence of mind he displayed during that difficult situation. He is an inspiration for all the kids out there.