UPDATED 7:18 AM PT – Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Authorities are investigating the death of a man in Nevada in connection with last week’s major earthquakes. The 56-year-old man was found pinned beneath his Jeep on Tuesday about 100-miles from the earthquake’s epicenter near Ridgecrest, California.
The victim was last seen alive at a local gas station the day before the first large earthquake struck.
“The vehicle that the man had been pinned under had been jacked up safely and based on the positioning of the body and the tools found at the scene, the male appeared to be working on the vehicle at the time of his death,” stated Sgt. Adam Tippetts of the Nye County Sheriff’s Office. “Based on preliminary timing and circumstances, at the scene the Nye County Sheriff’s investigation reveals this death may be the result of the vehicle falling off its jacks on July 4th during the earthquake.”
Thursday’s earthquake struck at a magnitude 6.4, and was followed up on Friday by a magnitude 7.1 from the same area near Ridgecrest. Officials have estimated the damage to California may exceed $100 million.