Even before the
"People are trying to get out of town, because they think another quake's coming," said resident
The unincorporated community was cut off from the outside world on Friday, as
But water remained off in
"You need some water, ma'am?"
"Just a guy who comes up here a lot on business," Pattison shrugged, driving off to hand out more water.
Residents picked up water at
Chimneys had toppled over on houses, crashing through at least one roof. Even one of the chimneys at the Searles Valley Minerals Trona facility, which looms over the town and provides many of its jobs, had partially crumbled.
"My house is leaning," said
Thursday's quake had scattered her family's belongings. Friday's quake had split her kitchen's concrete floor and left her home tilted over.
"I talked to my landlord," she said. "He said insurance will be out on Monday."
In the meantime, they've moved into a neighboring house.
"Most of our stuff is OK," Hudgins said. "My kids are fine, my husband's fine. That's what's important."
Johnson said he thinks
"I think (the population) is stable for now," he said, waiting to get water at the fire station. "I think it's a good town for kids."
Trona Unified, which had an enrollment of 576 students in the 1996-97 school year, was down to 270 students between
Johnson has no intention of leaving
"I love it here," he said. "I've been here 20 years. I bought my house at a tax sale. I got it for
He went on to pick up another nine properties, all at unthinkably low prices for most of
Hudgins is staying, too.
"People say it's quiet. It's what you make of it," she said.
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