Earthquake town hall at Trona High School
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Earthquake town hall at Trona High School

Trona resident Casey Hudgins holds her friend’s baby, Allison Jordan, while attending a town hall meeting at Trona High School in Trona, Calif., on Wednesday. Hudgins was forced to leave her home after last week’s earthquakes.

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Evelyn Duffel, 70, waits for a town hall meeting to begin at Trona High School on Wednesday. Duffel’s home sustained damage to the chimney and garage door but didn’t have any structural damage.

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Residents of the Trona area pack a town hall meeting at Trona High School on Wednesday, nearly a week after two major earthquakes struck the region.

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Longtime Trona resident Debra Wright stands up to applaud first responders during Wednesday’s town hall meeting at Trona High School.

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Ronnie Tolbert, 60, a Trona resident for 32 years, attends Wednesday’s town hall meeting. Her fireplace came down during last week’s 7.1 earthquake and her home sustained other damage. She is still living in the home.

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First responders, law enforcement officers, aid agencies and local dignitaries speak at Wednesday’s town hall meeting at Trona High School.

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Residents file out of the Trona High School gymnasium after Wednesday’s town hall meeting on the response to last week’s earthquakes.

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Lauretta Eldridge, right, and Joyce Surles hug during Wednesday’s town hall. Eldridge, who grew up in Trona and lives in Bakersfield, returned to Trona to take care of her parents, whose house was red-tagged and who are now sleeping in the frontyard. Eldridge said her parents may have to move in with her in Bakersfield.

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Vincent Russo, foreground, and Rudy Gutierrez, with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Works, ready pallets of water for residents of Trona on Wednesday. Certain areas of Trona now have running water, officials said at the town hall meeting.

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Sam and Amy Esparza, seven-year residents of Argus, enjoy a free meal after the town hall at Trona High School. The Esparzas’ chimney collapsed along with a retaining wall. They are still cleaning up after last week’s earthquakes.

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