A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit California’s Kern County on Friday night, just one day after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit — the largest in the region in two decades — according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The shaking on Friday evening was felt as far away as Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas — and even northern Mexico.
There is a 5 percent chance a larger quake could still be on its way, the USGS noted.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 6, 2019
The newest earthquake’s epicenter was about 10 miles north-northeast of Ridgecrest, California, a high-desert community about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
That’s in the same area as Thursday’s quake occurred, Fox News and other outlets reported.
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The Ridgecrest area has suffered more than 100 aftershocks since Thursday’s earthquake — and experts say more could be on the way.
As The Mercury News reported, “Noted seismologist Lucy Jones called it a ‘robust’ series and said there is a 50 percent chance of another large quake in the next week.”
“Jones said there is a 1 in 20 chance that a bigger earthquake will hit within the next few days,” the outlet added. “‘It’s certain that this area is going to be shaking a lot today, and some of those aftershocks will probably exceed magnitude 5.'”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said he’s asked for an emergency declaration from the White House — and that he’s activated the State Operations Center in Mather, California, to its highest level, The Los Angeles Times reported.
See the tweets below for more — including video of what occurred on Friday night:
— Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) July 6, 2019
— Alexa Velásquez (@Alexa_vlz) July 6, 2019
— I.E.N. (@BreakingIEN) July 6, 2019
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) July 6, 2019