Ridgecrest, CA. The devastating series of earthquakes that have rocked the California desert for several days may be the result of nuclear testing conducted on the almost inaccessible naval testing station that sprawls over hundreds of square miles outside the devastated town of Ridgecrest.
Informed sources have told The Spoof that the Pentagon ordered the tests in response to failed denuclearization talks with North Korea, and after Russia began similar tests that violated international agreements.
Geologists have long believed that the force of an underground nuclear blast could trigger earth movement on a fickle fault. The proximity of the naval testing area to the Searles Valley fault, on which the 7.1 quake of July 5, and the 6.4 on July 4 occurred, gives further evidence to the scientists' beliefs.
Residents of Ridgecrest, the largest city near the epicenter of the quake, are tightmouthed about any nuclear testing in the nearby mountains and desert. Many residents work for the navy, and the city's economy is dependent on the navy payroll.
The local American Indian tribe, however, has lodged a protest with the navy, claiming that the earthquakes caused by the alleged tests have destroyed irreplaceable historic petroglyphs dating back thousands of years.
Neither the navy nor the Pentagon have issued any statement. The president has tweeted that his administration will provide emergency aid for Ridgecrest, which voted overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016,