Second Earthquake Hit Southern California

Filed in Headlines Nigeria by on July 6, 2019

Second Earthquake Hit Southern California:  A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake swayed buildings and cracked foundations in Southern California on Friday night, sending terrified residents sleeping on the streets a day after another temblor hit.

Second Earthquake Hit Southern California


The latest earthquake Friday struck 11 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, according to the US Geological Survey. It was five times bigger than Thursday’s 6.4 -magnitude earthquake, also centered near Ridgecrest, CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller said.


In Ridgecrest, multiple fires broke out Friday and several injuries were reported, according to Kern County spokeswoman Megan Person. The county has activated an emergency operations center, and nearly 2,000 people are without power, officials said.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department said it received multiple reports of damage as well from northwest communities.

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“Homes shifted, foundation cracks, retaining walls down,” the department said. “One injury (minor) with firefighters treating the patient.”

Bakersfield resident Giovanna Gomez was at home with her family when their house swayed and the water in her pool overflowed. They ran outside.

“It was about a minute long,” she said. “Far larger than the one that (happened) yesterday. It was a smooth roll going back and forth.”

Bakersfield is in Kern County about 110 miles from Ridgecrest. Donald Castle, who lives in Porterville west of Ridgecrest, said his house shook for nearly 25 seconds.

What do we know about the new quake?
After Thursday’s event, seismologists had been warning that aftershocks could continue for a prolonged period of time.

Ridgecrest resident Jessica Kormelink told AFP news agency the ground would stop shaking briefly before “rolling again”.

Quake raises fears of ‘the Big One’

Californians are on permanent alert for the ‘Big One’, a catastrophic earthquake that seismologists say is well overdue.

This latest series of quakes have caused relatively minor damage – that we are currently aware of – but they have rattled nerves, big time.

The latest was felt as far afield as Las Vegas in Nevada, Palm Springs to the east of Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills.

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Second Earthquake Hit Southern California

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