California earthquake

Updated: 7/11/2019 6:51:34 AM
The seismic activity that started early July 6, 2019, at the southern margin of Coso Volcanic Field in Inyo County, California continues at a rate of about 600 M1.0 or greater earthquakes per day.
The activity was triggered by a magnitude M5.4 earthquake at 04:19 UTC on July 6 located about 20 km (12 miles) ESE of Little Lake, which itself was an aftershock of the M7.1 earthquake that occurred an hour earlier, located 17 km (10.5 miles) NNE of Ridgecrest to the south, the California Volcano Observatory reports.
Of the approximately 1 600 earthquakes detected at M1.0 or above since July 8, only 12 have been M3.0 or above, with the largest two registering M4.1.
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Updated: 7/7/2019 3:13:30 AM
Californians on Saturday were bracing for the possibility of another big earthquake as hundreds of aftershocks continued to shake the region already hit with two major temblors within 34 hours, says New York Post.
Experts say there's just under a one-in-10 chance another high-magnitude quake could hit Southern California within the next week. After the first earthquake chance was one-in-20. The US Geological Survey's website mapped about 600 quakes in the region, on Saturday alone.
"The fault is growing," Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology told the Los Angeles Times. "We ruptured a piece in the first earthquake, we ruptured a little more in the 5.4 this morning and we're rupturing more now," she said shortly after the 7.1-magnitude quake hit Friday evening. The good news was that fault was growing toward the northeast, she said, approaching the desert and away from highly populated areas closer to the coast.
Gov. Gavin Newsome declared a state of emergency for San Bernadino County and requested federal aid for the area.
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Updated: 7/6/2019 12:17:46 PM
California Governor Gavin Newsom has requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration from the White House following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake late on Friday.
According to Ghilarducci, the 7.1 magnitude earthquake "was felt widely throughout most of Southern California and even as far north here as Sacramento. The shaking intensity was very significant." He noted that there were "significant reports of fires, structure fires, mostly as a result of gas leaks or gas line breaks," adding that there were "also reports of water main breaks, power is out, and communication is out to parts of the community."
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Source: DORRIS

Published Saturday, July 6, 2019

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake has rattled parts of Southern California, the biggest tremor to strike in 20 years. It struck at the shallow depth of 0.9km (0.6 miles) and its epicenter was near the city of Ridgecrest, about 240km north-east of Los Angeles.

The latest earthquake Friday struck 11 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, according to the US Geological Survey. It was five times bigger and 11 times stronger than Thursday's 6.4 -magnitude earthquake, also centered near Ridgecrest, CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller said.

There's been an average of one aftershock per minute since Friday's quake in the southern part of the state, according to the US Geological Survey website.

Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said the quakes could continue. "This is an earthquake sequence," she said at a press conference. "It will be ongoing." "Every earthquake makes another earthquake more likely," she added, saying there was a 10% chance of a similar or even larger quake following in the next week. However, Dr. Jones said it was not likely the quake would trigger shocks on other fault lines.

The earthquake was felt as far away as Las Vegas in the neighboring state of Nevada and over the border in Mexico.

Gas leaks caused structure fires throughout Ridgecrest, residents reported water main breaks, and power and communications were out in some areas, according to Mark Ghilarducci, director of the Governors' Office of Emergency Management.
Several injuries were reported, according to Kern County spokeswoman Megan Person, but Kern County Fire Chief David Witt told reporters there were no known fatalities.

The governor declared a state of emergency in Kern County on Thursday after the 6.4 -magnitude earthquake and in San Bernardino late Friday after the 7.1-magnitude earthquake. Newsom also said he requested a presidential emergency declaration for assistance.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department said it received multiple reports of damage as well from northwest communities.
"Homes shifted, foundation cracks, retaining walls down," the department said. "One injury (minor) with firefighters treating the patient."

Source: DORRIS

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California earthquake Facts

Power: 7.1
Affected Area: 10 km.
Alert Level: Orange
Category: Earthquake
Response: Execute
Severity: Severe
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

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