Barely a day after the biggest earthquake in 20 years hit Southern California Thursday morning, a second earthquake, more powerful, struck the SoCal region on Friday night, adding more jitters to an already nervous region
The quake on Thursday morning July 4th was 6.4 magnitude while the second one in a row at about 8.20pm on Friday was 7.1 magnitude.
It struck near the Mojave Desert town of Ridgecrest at about 8:20 p.m. and lasted for about a minute, the US Geological Survey said.
The tremor shook buildings, downed power lines and caused multiple fires and other property damage in Ridgecrest and nearby Trona, desert towns.
“We’ve had two house fires, we’ve had small vegetation fires, power lines down, gas leaks,” said Kern County Fire Chief David Witt.
The quake was felt 100 miles south in downtown Los Angeles and as far away as Mexico and Las Vegas — where it delayed an NBA Summer League game between the New York Knicks and the New Orleans Pelicans.
The quake also shook Dodger stadium as the team battled San Diego, but gameplay was not interrupted.
Experts had warned after the first quake on Thursday that a larger quake could be in store
In all, more than 1,400 aftershocks have been recorded. No casualties have been reported
“With any earthquake, there is a 5 percent chance something even bigger will happen within the next three days,” US Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough told the SF Gate.
“For a 6.5 quake you’d expect a lot of aftershocks,” Hough said. “Some aftershock sequences are more lively than others. This part of California tends to produce more aftershocks.”
“Earthquakes don’t take holidays in California,” Hough told The New York Times. “Any time, any day, any place is fair game.”
Experts say the aftershocks will likely “go on for months, if not years,”