California experienced two earthquakes over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. According to Key Media & Research, California has more auto glass shops than any other state in the U.S., as well as the largest number of registered vehicles. World Population Report notes that approximately 60% of the state’s total population lives in the Southern California region.
It’s not uncommon for high magnitude earthquakes to impact southern California. In fact, one is expected every three to five years. The United States Geological Survey Earthquake Hazards Program released a statement saying “over the past four decades there have been earthquakes of magnitude five or higher in southern California.”
Accuweather reports indicate the most recent earthquakes took place in a less populated area of Ridgecrest, Calif. Although there are only a few auto glass businesses in that area, it was the most nearby city to the epicenter of the earthquake. However, its effects were felt in many areas throughout Southern California, as well as Nevada and Arizona.
Several auto glass businesses in Ridgecrest are still dealing with the earthquake’s aftermath. The staff at Teresa Ridgecrest Autobody, mentioned that “things are a little hectic right now.” When other businesses in the area were contacted by glassBYTEs it wasn’t uncommon to learn that they too were busy.
According to Desert Sun, roads and buildings suffered the most damage, with glass blown out of some buildings in Kern County, Calif. A representative for Kern Glass in Bakersfield, Calif., said the company hasn’t received any calls about broken glass due to the earthquake. 702 Glass & Windows, a glass shop based in Las Vegas, wished people well on its Facebook page and asked people to give them a call if any windows, glass or mirrors needed to be replaced. When we reached out to the company inquiring if they’d yet received any calls, a representative said they had not.
The California Department of Insurance encourages those with questions on their automotive earthquake coverage to reach out.