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Ridgecrest got most of the attention, but tiny Trona was hit even harder by last week's quakes

Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times on

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Julia Doss, who runs a Trona Neighborhood Watch Facebook page, did most of the talking. She said that 40 sack lunches someone had donated were "grabbed in no time," and that what the town needed most besides water and ice were diapers, wipes and gallon-sized Ziploc bags.

Doss, who works at Searles Valley Minerals, noted that there were a lot of newcomers in town. "As a community, we've gotten used to keeping to our friends," she said. "Now is a time to learn who (strangers) all are."

Those present nodded. They were enthusiastic but tired. Seven aftershocks with magnitudes of at least 3.0 had already struck Trona on Sunday morning.

"Try to get a little bit of rest," Doss said with a smile, "between the shivers and shakes."

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