Strongest earthquake in two decades strikes southern California Friday
Southern California experienced a 7.1 magnitude earthquake Friday night at approximately 8:19 p.m. local time near Ridgecrest and Searles Valley, just a day after a 6.4 magnitude quake struck the same area. According to CNN, the shaking of the earthquake was felt as far as Mexico and Las Vegas, and many residents in Southern California have reported minor property damage and partial power and water outages. There have been no reported deaths. ~
According to ABC News, The 7.1 magnitude earthquake was the strongest in SoCal since the Hector Mines earthquake in October of 1999. ~
A USGS geophysicist, John Bellini, stated that as of midnight Sunday there have been over 4,700 aftershock quakes, with at least 3,000 of those being recorded with a magnitude one or higher. CalTech seismologist Egill Hauksson told ABC News reporters Saturday that there is a 5% chance of a stronger earthquake striking in the next couple days, and a 27% chance that a quake of 6.0 or stronger hits the Southern California area. ~
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