Another quake hits California: 7.1 magnitude, multiple significant aftershocks

Another quake hits California: 7.1 magnitude, multiple significant aftershocks
USGS map. Zoomed in on left to show numerous aftershocks in 3-4 mag range.

[Ed. – Yes, felt this one too.  Longer and bigger. The epicenter was in the same area. Quite a few aftershocks in excess of 3.0 this time, including several bigger than 4.0.  The epicenter is in a rural area, so it takes longer for reports of damage to filter in.  Fortunately, that also means fewer people will feel the the worst, most localized effects.  Social media indicate people felt this one as far away as Sacramento and parts of Arizona.]

A powerful 7.1 earthquake shook Southern California one day after a magnitude 6.4.

The quake, centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest area, was originally listed as a 7.1, was downgraded shortly after and then upgraded back to a 7.1.

There are no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.

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Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said the 6.4 is now a foreshock, and another 6.0 quake “would not be surprising.” The new, larger quake was on the same fault and part of the same sequence.

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