Trona is the sort of place than not many of us have ever heard of, even though it is only about 275 miles away in the Mojave Desert, right here in California. It does not look like much from satellite. It must look like so much more to the nearly 2,000 people who live there. It is their home, just like Felton is ours.

Trona is suddenly in the news, after the moderate but significant earthquake that occurred there on the Fourth of July, and the even more significant earthquake that occurred there yesterday morning. The second of these two earthquakes was stronger than the Loma Prieta Earthquake that destroyed so many home here in 1989. Aftershocks will continue for a long time, and there is a potential for even more significant earthquakes.

There is not as much damage in the Trona region as there was here after the Loma Prieta Earthquake, but only because there is less to damage. We all know that limited collective damage does not make our own individual losses any easier. Some will be without their homes, at least for a while. Many will be without electricity for a while. A lack of air conditioning can be dangerous in the severe heat of the Mojave Desert in summertime.

People will help each other out. They always do. It may not be easy. It may be downright difficult for many. Nonetheless, the best of humanity comes out at the worst of times.

After the Loma Prieta Earthquake, many people throughout the region were homeless, even if only temporarily until their homes were made safe. Many camped out in their yards, parks or parking lots. What was not discussed much afterward was how some who found it necessary to do so were helped through their difficulties by those more experienced with camping out; namely, the local homeless people.

11 thoughts on “Trona

  1. Reblogged this on Felton League and commented:

    It is still to early for me to resume blogging here. For now, I must again recycle an old article from last year. This one may seem to be relevant to how the local Community is responding to the destruction of so many homes by the CZU Lightening Complex Fire.


  2. There was another quake near Trona not very long ago — I think about 4.6. It seems that the faults are ending their dormancy, and we are experiencing more in this area. Glad to know that people are helping each other in the area of the CZU Fire complex!

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  3. Trona has not stopped moving since it started last year! That is how this region was after the Loma Prieta Earthquake.
    Some of the families who lost homes to the CZU Lightening Complex Fire are now living here for the next few months. (Because of the ‘other’ situation, the lodgings here are otherwise unused.) I am impressed by their adaptability. I would not be so functional after such a loss.

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  4. I know — I often think about how difficult it would be to have to start over after a disaster, natural or otherwise! It’s good that your facility can help house some of those who lost their homes!

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  5. Firefighters came here first, and stayed in the lodges. As they left, volunteers who help those displaced by the fire arrived. Before they started leaving, those who lost homes started renting cabins. Some of the cabins are actually rather luxurious, and all are simply furnished as they would be for guests. As unpleasant as the situation is, it is gratifying that our facilities can be useful.

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  6. Oh, certainly better than hotels! There is quite a variety. Some are relatively modern. Others are old, but renovated with modern interiors. My favorites are the old ones that have not been renovated. Some are about the size of a one bedroom apartment. Most are spacious enough for big families. This is an excellent neighborhood.

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  7. I sort of like it too. I have not been to Trona yet, but had been fascinated with it for years. It is one of the only places I could got on vacation (if it were possible to vacation there) where I would not be distracted by the flora. There is none.


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