7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits One Day After Initial Quake
Update by edhat staff
A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit near Ridgecrest around 8:19 p.m. Friday, just one day after a 6.4-magnitude quake struck in the same area, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
Ridgecrest, approximately 210 miles northeast of Santa Barbara, is within San Bernadino County where their Fire Department received multiple reports of fires, injuires, and damage including cracked foundations, shifting homes, and downed retaining walls. The county has activated an emergency operations center.
The nearby Los Angeles County Fire Department also reported downed wires and localized power outages, but no major infrastructure damage. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he has activated the state emergency operation center to its highest level. "The state is coordinating mutual aid to local first responders," he tweeted Friday night.
USGS reports this is the strongest earthquake to hit Southern California in nearly 20 years producing more than 1,400 aftershocks with more expected, many of them averaging 4.0 magnitudes.
Similar to Thursday's earthquake, the rolling ground was felt hundreds of miles from the epicenter reaching as far as Mexico and Las Vegas.
Reported by edhat readers
8:15 pm, earthquake, another roller
In downtown SB, watched all the hanging lights sway back and forth for a few minutes. Must be another earthquake
Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
Another earthquake, if no one else felt it I'm nuts.