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M7.1 Earthquake Hits California

6 Jul 2019, 9:34 am

On Friday (July 5), a Magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked southern California. The epicenter was estimated to be very close to Thursday’s magnitude 6.4 earthquake in the Mojave Desert near Ridgecrest, California.


Two separate strong earthquakes struck within 2 days, one on the 4th of July, the other on the 5th.


Images and video poured out on social media showing the shaking felt all around southern California.

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Terrifying scenes in Southern California as a major earthquake rocked parts of the Golden State. This prelim 7.1 magnitude quake is now the largest in SoCal in two decades.

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Ridgecrest pool with quake waves

The magnitude 7.1 #earthquake made quite the splash across many California cities… literally. Check out the waves in this backyard swimming pool in Ridgecrest on Friday night!

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The Governor spoke at a news conference on Saturday afternoon, proclaiming that local leaders were ready to rebuild stronger and more resilient than before.


Seismologist, Dr. Lucy Jones, quickly pointed out on social media late Friday that the first earthquake was a ‘foreshock’ to the larger 7.1 magnitude quake Friday night.

Many reports from the Friday earthquake noted that *this* one was felt much more intense than the Thursday earthquake.


This strength of an earthquake is considered ‘major’ regarding the scale and possible damage.

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Posted by WeatherNation on Saturday, July 6, 2019

For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier