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A second major earthquake hit the Ridgecrest area of Southern California Friday night. This quake was approximately ten times larger than the shaker that hit on Independence Day.
The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that rocked Southern California on Friday night rattled buildings, fractured roadways and left residents on edge, but did not cause any fatalities or major injuries, officials said.
California - Earthquake - Days - Ridgecrest - Mojave
California’s second major earthquake in less than two days struck near Ridgecrest, a Mojave Desert town about 125 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The same area was rattled by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake, the largest in nearly two decades, on the morning of July Fourth.
The Friday night earthquake was about 10 times larger, seismologists said. Shaking was felt as far away as Phoenix, Las Vegas, Baja California and Reno, according to crowd-sourced data on the U.S. Geological Survey.
July - Quake - Damage - Ridgecrest - Area
As with the July 4th quake, the damage was mainly localized around the Ridgecrest area.
Kern County spokeswoman Megan Person said officials were responding to multiple reports of injuries and fires. Power outages were reported in and around Ridgecrest and the nearby community of Trona was without power.
Caltrans - Spokeswoman - Terri - Kasinga - Pm
Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga said that as of 8:45 p.m. PST Friday no highway damage had been reported. “It’s too soon to tell,” she said, but crews are surveying the highways.
Some residents of Ridgecrest, a town of about 28,000, were too fearful to sleep inside their homes, choosing instead to spend the night on their driveway or sidewalks, said Ridgecrest’s Mayor Peggy Breeden.
Earthquake - Pm - Events - Safety - Concerns
As the earthquake struck a little after 8 pm, several sporting events were halted for obvious safety concerns.
Scientists place the odds at a 1-in-10 chance that another 7.0 quake could hit within the next week.
Indications - Areas - California - Country
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