Following Thursday’s 6.4 earthquake, Southern California was rocked by another earthquake Friday night. Initially, the United States Geological Survey reported it as a 7.1 magnitude earthquake with an updated magnitude of 6.9, only to have it to return to 7.1. At this magnitude, the earthquake clocks in five times bigger than Thursday’s tremor.
The earthquake triggered multiple fires throughout the Ridgecrest region. Even more so there has been reported damage and injuries across the region. According to official reports, there are more than 2,000 people currently without power. Homes are being reported as “shifted” with cracks to their foundation as well as damaged walls.
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In a report to CNN, “CalTech seismologist Lucy Jones said Friday both earthquakes are part of an ongoing sequence, of a “very energetic system.” The initial 6.4 earthquake was a foreshock while the 7.1 earthquake was the mainshock.