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'We're lucky:' Ojai earthquake aftermath shows minimal damage, injuries

The earthquake that shook Ojai and beyond on Sunday afternoon shattered glass, cracked brickwork and dislodged a bell in the central tower at Thomas Aquinas College, though on Monday morning authorities continued to report no major structural damage or significant injuries from the quake.

The magnitude 5.1 temblor hit at 2:40 p.m. about 4 miles southeast of Ojai. Tremors spread across the state: The U.S. Geological Survey received individual reports of light shaking from Salinas to Oceanside and logged more than 30 aftershocks.

The heaviest shakes were felt in and around Ojai, the agency indicated. Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said during a live broadcast Sunday's earthquake was the first time a magnitude 5.0 quake had registered in the area since 1941.

Szilvia Beylik was in her car, five minutes from home in Upper Ojai, when the quake hit. She didn't feel a thing, but got a notification about the quake on her phone, then a call from her 25-year-old daughter, who was at the house alone.

"She was crying, scared." Beylik said. "Everything was falling around her."

Beylik immediately saw the quake's effect as she stepped out of her car at home. The upper end of her chimney had collapsed and bricks scattered "all across the front yard."

Inside, Beylik said, an upstairs toilet had cracked and flooded, and a "ton of stuff" was knocked off of walls and out of kitchen cupboards.

"It took us hours to clean up," Beylik said.

The family was able to cover the open chimney in time to prevent rain from leaking into the house as Tropical Storm Hilary passed later in the day, but Beylik said she spent much of her Monday morning "neck deep in phone calls, trying to fix things."

Up the road at Thomas Aquinas College, spokesperson Chris Weinkopf said the earthquake cracked plaster walls and knocked objects to the floor throughout the campus. In the college chapel's bell tower, he said, the quake knocked a bell partially off of its mount.

But a Monday morning building inspection confirmed that none of the damage was structural, Weinkopf said. The college moved its planned 8 a.m. convocation mass in the chapel to 4 p.m. Monday. The convocation marked the start of the small Catholic college's academic year.

Businesses, agencies and individuals reported similar damage around Ojai.

Kim O'Neil, a front-end manager at Westridge Midtown Market, said staff closed the grocery store for about two hours Sunday to clean up broken bottles and merchandise that had fallen off shelves. Another Westridge location about a half mile away had experienced more damage, she said.

Ojai Mayor Betsy Stix was in her home office Sunday afternoon when she heard a "large boom" and saw her cats run for cover. She said she's received reports of a downed power line on Fulton Street and damage to stores in the downtown Ojai Arcade.

Ventura County Fire Department officials estimated they received about a half dozen quake-related calls, mostly from individuals concerned about possible structural damage.

In some cases, it wasn't immediately clear whether damage was caused by the quake, on-going rains, or both. Ojai police Chief Trina Newman said her office had received reports of downed trees at multiple residences on Sunday, as well as a tree that fell onto a city auxiliary building near Ojai City Hall.

Still, Stix said, it was notable that on a "historic" day of combined potential disasters, the region emerged without structural damages, serious injuries and loss of life.

"We're lucky," she said.

Isaiah Murtaugh covers education for the Ventura County Star in partnership with Report for America. Reach him at isaiah.murtaugh@vcstar.com or 805-437-0236 and follow him on Twitter @isaiahmurtaugh and @vcsschools. You can support this work with a tax-deductible donation to Report for America.

Rain from Tropical Storm Hilary temporarily floods roads in Simi Valley

The Arroyo Simi Greenway near Rancho Simi Community Park off Erringer Road in Simi Valley flowed swiftly on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023.
The Arroyo Simi Greenway near Rancho Simi Community Park off Erringer Road in Simi Valley flowed swiftly on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023.
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Cars negotiate a flooded intersection at Cochran and Heather streets in Simi Valley on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023.
Cars negotiate a flooded intersection at Cochran and Heather streets in Simi Valley on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023.
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The Arroyo Simi Greenway near Rancho Simi Community Park off Erringer Road in Simi Valley flows swiftly on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023.
The Arroyo Simi Greenway near Rancho Simi Community Park off Erringer Road in Simi Valley flows swiftly on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023.
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Cars negotiate the flooded intersection at Cochran and Heather streets in Simi Valley on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023.
Cars negotiate the flooded intersection at Cochran and Heather streets in Simi Valley on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023.
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Simi Valley resident Juan Rolar watches as the water rises in the Arroyo Simi Greenway near Rancho Simi Community Park off Erringer Road in Simi Valley on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023.
Simi Valley resident Juan Rolar watches as the water rises in the Arroyo Simi Greenway near Rancho Simi Community Park off Erringer Road in Simi Valley on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023.
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Geese enjoy the puddles of water in the parking area at Rancho Simi Community Park off Royal Avenue and Thompson Lane in Simi Valley on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023.
Geese enjoy the puddles of water in the parking area at Rancho Simi Community Park off Royal Avenue and Thompson Lane in Simi Valley on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023.
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Geese enjoy the puddles of water in the parking area at Rancho Simi Community Park off Royal and Thompson Lane in Simi Valley on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023.
Geese enjoy the puddles of water in the parking area at Rancho Simi Community Park off Royal and Thompson Lane in Simi Valley on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023.
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On Any Sunday 50th Anniversary with Keith Mashburn & Jim O'Neal

Thanks to Mayor Keith Mashburn & Jim O'Neal for coming in studio today to tell J Perez all about the special showing of On Any Sunday which has been remastered for it's 50th anniversary. Join Keith, Jim and our friends from Simi Valley Cycles Wednesday, February 23rd at 7pm at Studio Movie Grill Simi Valley by getting your tickets at Simi Valley Cycles.  Listen In Here.

Match for Ayden

This is an URGENT plea for help! Ayden has 30 days to find a bone marrow match. Read Ayden’s story below and find out what you can do to help!!

At just 2 years old Ayden Denne was diagnosed with Philadelphia chromosome positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Ph+ALL). After 3 years of intense treatment Ayden was starting to live a normal life of a 5 year old attending school, taking jiu jitsu, and doing some traveling when Ayden’s parents received the terrible news the cancer had returned in his brain and spinal fluid.

Ayden desperately needs a bone marrow donor in the next 30 days to save his life!!

We know Ayden’s perfect match is out there but we need to move quickly to get as many people tested as possible. We need your help!!

What can you do?

Get tested to be a match! Anyone from 18-40 years old is a candidate. It’s easy! Just a quick swab inside the mouth. Watch this page for testing sites or go to https://my.bethematch.org/matchforayden to sign up to get tested for Ayden. You can also text MATCHFORAYDEN to 61474.

What can you do if you can not be a donor? We would be so grateful if you would share this page to spread the word! You can also print flyers to share at your workplace, church, social groups, or ask the businesses you frequent to post a flyer. You can also set up a swab event by contacting Joyce Valdez from Be the Match at 626-373-4000 or jovaldez@coh.org.

Thank you for being a part of saving our little warrior Ayden’s life!

99.1 The Ranch Named 2021 Non-profit Organization of the Year!

Your 99.1 The Ranch Team this morning (missing Brad Abrell in this pic) getting a LOT of Love from the Simi Valley Chamber with a special surprise announcement! We are over the moon to be named Simi Valley’s 2021 Non-Profit Organization of the Year! We are proud to support our community’s nonprofits and our sponsors any way we can. Thank you for this very special recognition!

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Thank you Ventura County Sheriff's Foundation

Thank you to our friends at the Ventura County Sheriff's Foundation for adding the imagery to our radio spot reminding our listeners the importance of our local Law Enforcement! Video: Backing the Badge - 99.1 The Ranch. Please checkout, like and support our friends at the the Ventura County Sheriff's Foundation. 

 

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The Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization with a sole objective to support the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The Foundation seeks to build community partnerships to enhance public safety in Ventura County with the support of individuals, families and businesses.

 

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