Southern California Rocked By Larger, Second 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake

A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Southern California on Friday night, swaying buildings and cracked foundations. Terrified residents slept on the streets after the tremors.

The latest earthquake Friday struck 11 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, according to the US Geological Survey. It was five times bigger than Thursday’s 6.4 -magnitude earthquake, also centered near Ridgecrest.

Gas leaks caused structure fires throughout Ridgecrest, residents reported that water main breaks, and the power and communications were out in some areas. Several injuries were reported, according to Kern County spokeswoman.

130 residents from Bakersfield and Trona were staying in a temporary shelters.

“On behalf of all Californians, I offer my heartfelt support to those affected by tonight’s earthquake near Ridgecrest,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Saturday. The governor further requested a presidential emergency declaration for assistance.

San Bernardino County Fire Department said it received multiple reports of damage as well from northwest communities. Trona, a town of 2,000 people, does not have power or water since the initial earthquake.

Residents also said that Friday’s quake lasted longer than Thursday’s earthquake.

The shakings were also felt as far away as Mexico and Las Vegas. The NBA Summer League game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the New York Knicks in Las Vegas was postponed following reports of the quake. Scoreboards and speakers near the ceiling of the arena shook when the earthquake hit.

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