A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Southern California on Friday evening, this comes a day after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake.
The magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit Southern California is the largest temblor in the region in two decades, the United States Geological Survey confirmed in a news conference.
The tremors was felt in Las Vegas and Los Angeles and as far away as Mexico. The USGS said there’s a five percent chance a larger quake could follow.
“Every earthquake makes another earthquake more likely and that’s what we’re seeing right here,” seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said Friday. “The first one is often not the biggest one.”
About 20 percent of earthquakes strike in both directions, which may have been the case Friday, Jones added.
7.1 magnitude quake -centered, again, near the town of Ridgecrest – rocked the city of Los Angeles.
The newest earthquake’s epicenter was about 10 miles north northeast of Ridgecrest, Calif., about 150 northeast of Los Angeles, near where Thursday’s quake occurred.
The Ridgecrest area has had more than 100 aftershocks since Thursday’s earthquake and experts warn there could be more to come.
The 6.4 magnitude quake that hit earlier was called the strongest to hit Southern California since 1999, but Friday’s quake was more powerful.
Many residents in Ridgecrest, a city of 27,600 about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, lost power Friday night, according to NBC News reporters in the area.