For Some Near Epicenter Of Strong SoCal Quakes It's Time To Move Away -- For Good

Brenda Perrone waits in Ridgecrest for her son to arrive from Tennessee.
Brenda Perrone waits in Ridgecrest for her son to arrive from Tennessee.
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When the magnitude 7.1 quake hit Friday night, the foundation of Brenda Perrone’s home in the town of Trona cracked, glass shattered, and her belongings went everywhere. 

While last week’s earthquakes didn’t cause any deaths or serious injuries, they were traumatic for many living near the epicenter. Now some, like Perrone,  are choosing to leave town for good. 

"I’m lucky to be out alive," she said. "I’m never going back. I’ve got a few things in my truck. My son is flying from Tennessee to pick me up. He’ll be here tonight. I’m getting out."

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