Earthquakes Rock Southern California Theme Parks
California is no stranger to earthquakes, and this Fourth of July week has been no different. A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Ridgecrest area of Central California on the morning of July 4th, followed by a series of aftershocks and a “mainshock” 7.1 magnitude quake, the state’s largest in 20 years, on the evening of July 5th. Most Californians treated these as normally as all others, lots of social media posts, no real panic. They did, however, affect local theme parks.
The safety of our guests and employees is our top priority and as a precautionary measure, we are conducting an extensive visual, structural, and operational safety checks on all of the rides before re-opening.
— Six Flags MM (@SFMagicMountain) July 4, 2019
Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Universal Studios Hollywood all had reported closures of attractions. This is standard operating procedure following an earthquake, ensuring that the attractions are safe and free of seismic damage.
If you are visiting a theme park during an earthquake, remember your safety should be your first priority. If you are able to, take cover under a table or desk and stay indoors until the shaking stops and it is safe to exit. Also, keep in mind that park employees are dealing with an unusual occurrence and are trying their best to keep you safe and ensure your day continues as planned.