Jul 06, 2019
Just a day after a massive earthquake struck Southern California, a 7.1 magnitude temblor rattled the region Friday night--reportedly "cracking buildings, setting fires, breaking roads, and causing several injuries," as well as eliciting warnings from seismologists that aftershocks could follow for days, weeks, or even years.
Friday's earthquake, which was five time bigger than the one that hit the area on Thursday and the region's strongest in two decades, "spawned more than 1,400 smaller quakes--the largest registering at a magnitude of 5.0," according to CBS Los Angeles.
\u201cMajor damage is expected here in Ridgecrest, California after the earthquake. Huge fire at a mobile home park captured by WCK\u2019s @cheftkilcoyne \u2014 Our team is safe and we will be working to support evacuees.\u201d— World Central Kitchen (@World Central Kitchen) 1562386970
The Los Angeles Times reported that the latest earthquake caused damage "in and around Ridgecrest and Trona, two Mojave Desert towns shaken by both quakes," and it "was felt as far away as Phoenix, Las Vegas, Baja California, and Reno."
Thursday's 6.4 magnitude quake "was a foreshock," Lucy Jones, a seismologist at the California Institute of Technology and a former science adviser at the U.S. Geological Survey, explained on Twitter. Friday's quake was "on the same fault as has been producing the Searles Valley sequence. This is part of the same sequence."
Jones told The Associated Press the odds are about 1-in-10 that another 7.0 magnitude quake will strike sometime this week and a 5.0 magnitude quake "is approaching certainty."
According to the AP:
Aftershocks from the new main quake could occur for years, Jones said.
However, the quake was unlikely to affect fault lines outside of the area, she said, noting that the gigantic San Andreas Fault was far away.
The quake struck at 8:19pm and was centered 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Ridgecrest in the same areas where the previous quake hit.
"These earthquakes are related," Jones said, adding that the new quake probably ruptured along about 25 miles (40 kilometers) of fault line and was part of a continuing sequence.
NBC Los Angelesreported Saturday that officials in both counties were responding to cracked buildings and injuries, and "Urban Search and Rescue teams from L.A. and Orange counties were being deployed to Kern County to help with the damage there as they deal with a backlog of calls."
\u201cLATEST on 7.1 magnitude earthquake near Ridgecrest, California: https://t.co/AIobHVLTNe\n\n\u2022 Reports of damage, including structural fires and ruptured gas lines\n\u2022 Area of state highway 178 is closed\n\u2022 Gov. Gavin Newsom has called the White House for federal assistance\u201d— NBC News (@NBC News) 1562395510
May Boeve, executive director of the environmental advocacy group 350.org, pointed out in a statement Saturday that "California has for the last few years faced the catastrophic effects of climate change more than ever before in the form of severe wildfires."
"These earthquakes will cause even further devastation to communities already trying to recover from losses," Boeve said. "We call on Governor Newsom, the State of California, and the federal government to act immediately to ensure that Californians are safe from further destruction. Furthermore, we call on California to set an example for the rest of the country by taking bold action necessary to limit climate destruction."
Residents and reporters shared photos and videos of Friday's earthquake and the resulting damage on social media:
\u201cA new day is dawning here in #Ridgecrest after the 7.1M #earthquake. Just beginning to walk one of the neighborhoods. So far not seeing a ton of damage where I am. First thing we see is a few concrete blocks shaken loose.\u201d— Sara Sidner (@Sara Sidner) 1562416222
\u201cPATRICKERICKSON: RT abc7robmcmillan: I just spoke with someone who lost their home hours ago in the M7.1 #RidgecrestEarthquake. He says the fire started in his sisters room near an electrical outlet. Within minutes, his entire home was ablaze. This is on\u2026\u201d— 590 KQNT (@590 KQNT) 1562413092
\u201cSR 178 near PM 8.5 Caltrans crews making repairs to patch road before open to traffic. Unknown duration #caltrans8 @CA_Trans_Agency @CaltransHQ @Caltrans9\u201d— Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans District 8) 1562399619
Government agencies also posted updates and advice for how residents should respond to anticipated aftershocks:
\u201cAs local authorities respond to aftershocks from #Ridgecrest #earthquake, follow @femaregion9, @Cal_OES and your county officials for the latest info.\n\n\u27a1\ufe0f Review how to stay safe with tips from @Readygov here: https://t.co/MNGBNvnPzY\u201d— FEMA (@FEMA) 1562385857
\u201cThousands are reportedly without power after California\u2019s second major earthquake in just a few days. If you are without power follow these tips to keep the food in your home safe https://t.co/S8ZV6fmz8N #earthquake #RidgecrestEarthquake #foodsafety #anotherearthquake\u201d— USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service (@USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service) 1562413283
This post has been updated with comment from 350.org.
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