One area of concern following today's earthquake is Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, which fire officials said is being evacuated.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, told CNN patients are being evacuated because firefighters need to assess the hospital.
"In this community, this is the hospital," he said, describing the importance of the medical building to the area.
McCarthy said it was necessary to move patients out despite the desert heat.
“This is so close to the epicenter and such a large quake, we do have to evaluate that before patients are allowed back in. If not, we're going to have to move people more than an hour away," he said.
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