China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station evacuates non-essential personnel

Following two large earthquakes and with the ground still shaking from dozens and dozens of aftershocks, RDML Bette Bolivar, Commander Navy Region Southwest, has order the evacuation on non-essential personnel from China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) near Ridgecrest in San Bernardino County.

Here is a statement posted to NAWS facebook page:

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake is responding to a 5.0 magnitude earthquake at 8:16 p.m., and a 7.1 magnitude earthquake at 8:19 p.m pacific time and multiple, consistent aftershocks on July 5 following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake and numerous aftershocks on July 4.

NAWS China Lake is not mission capable until further notice; however, security protocols remain in effect.

Safety of personnel is currently the highest priority.

NON ESSENTIAL active duty, drilling reservists, civilian employees, and dependents are authorized to evacuate to a radius of 100 miles from safe haven Naval Base Ventura County (NVBC).

NVBC and its surrounding area is the preferred location for authorized evacuation on the basis of Installation Support Services.

RDML Bette Bolivar, Commander Navy Region Southwest, has issued this evacuation order.

A Family Information Call Center number has been established for questions regarding how to obtain support. The Information Hotline number is 1-844-523-2025.

NAWS China Lake access remains Mission Essential Personnel only. Do NOT attempt to access the Installation unless you are Mission Essential Personnel.

Further information will be distributed as it develops.