NASA maps extensive ground damage in the Mojave Desert from back to back quakes

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NASA images reveal extensive ground deformations caused by two earthquakes that rocked a swath of desert in southern California.

Using a type of imaging technology called synthetic aperture radar (SAR) NASA says it was able to discern just how much the surface changed as a result of consecutive earthquakes on July 4 and July 5 that emanated from the Mojave Desert.

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The snapshot was taken on July 8 using NASA's ALOS-2 satellite and was compared to a data from April 8 last year to create a color-coded map.

NASA says that each dark colored band represents 4.8 inches (12 centimeters) of displacement and the 'noisy' areas -- stippled dots of color that congregate in the center of the image -- are where the Earth was broken apart by the temblor.

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The line jutting vertically through the image is where the Earth split open -- a fissure that formed as a result of the second of two large earthquakes to rock the state in less than two days.

Scientists say the image will be used to help map the effects of the quake and detail which fault lines may have broken as a result. The data will likely be crucial in helping to assess the possibility of future earthquakes.

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On July 5, a quake reached a magnitude of 7.1, making it strong enough to shake buildings, knocking items off of shelves and walls and scaring two live TV anchors who were being filmed as the quake reached its peak.

A 6.6 magnitude quake hit the same area on July 4 which also sent an aftershock reverberating throughout the region.

Report - KTLA - Quake - Roads - State

According to a report from KTLA, the quake has also caused roads along state highway Route 178 to begin cracking and has resulted in the collapse of at least one building.

No injuries or fatalities have...
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