All Shook Up: Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Hits Southern California, Just One Day After 6.4 in Same Region
More quakes could follow in the days ahead, say experts
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.
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