A tremor hit South California with a magnitude of 7.1. The quake led to several damages like cracking buildings, setting fire, roads breakdown, power and communication was out, gas leaks, water main breaks, etc. It has occurred upto 11 miles northeast of Ridgecrest. The quake seems to have released more than 11 times the amount of energy than the previous one which occurred on Thursday.
The residents had not yet overcome the preceding earthquake which occurred on Thursday at the magnitude of 6.4 in Mojave Desert. The quake that occurred on Friday seems to be the largest in South California since at least last 20 years. The shock was followed by many large and small aftershocks, a few being above magnitude of 5.0.
Lucy Jones, a seismologist at the California Institute of Technology and a former science adviser at the U.S. Geological Survey predicts that there is about 1 in 10 chance that another quake could hit within the next week. The city’s mayor, Peddy Breeden told CNN that a state of emergency has been declared in Ridgecrest, California.
Many areas like Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Mexico, Las Vegas felt the quake and its small effects. The quake seems to be one of the largest in the history and was felt till far off places. Many minor injuries have been reported in Kern County most of them being due to broken glass or falling shelves.
The Ridgecrest Regional Hospitals are being evacuated and the patients are to be taken at a safe distance wherein they shall remain unaffected by the quake. Currently, there is state of emergency in Ridgecrest.