Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – An earthquake of magnitude 7.1 on the Richter scale shook Southern California on Friday, becoming the largest earthquake that has affected this area in the last hours, according to the United States Geological Survey ( USGS, for its acronym in English).
The quake occurred at a depth of 0.9 kilometers at 2019 local time (03.19 GMT Saturday) and the epicenter was located 17 kilometers north-northeast of Ridgecrest, a town of about 30,000 inhabitants 250 kilometers north of Los Angeles, where he felt the tremor.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department reported on Twitter that the quake produced “landslides, cracks in foundations and crumbling retaining walls.”
He also reported that a person was injured of minor consideration.
More than a hundred tremors have shaken this area in the last ten days, this Friday being the largest after the one registered this Thursday morning of magnitude 6.4.
Seismologist Lucy Jones, an eminence in the subject in Southern California, explained in her Twitter account that both earthquakes occurred in the same fault and “are part of the same sequence.”
“Do you know when we say that there is a possibility in 20 that an earthquake will follow something more powerful? This is that time, “he said.
“Like any tremor, today’s magnitude 7.1 has a 20 chance that something even greater will follow. Small tremors of magnitude 5 are likely and of magnitude 6 quite possible, “added Jones.
These earthquakes occurred in the last hours are the largest recorded in the last 20 years in southern California since the 7.1 of 1999 known as Hector Mine.
Both the 1999 and present have been registered in rural areas of California with a small population, unlike the Northridge, occurred in 1994 in Los Angeles, of magnitude 6.4 and in which 57 people died and 8,700 were injured.
— Lalo Cortés (@ElMismoLalo_) 6 de julio de 2019
— Informando (@InformandoRD7) 6 de julio de 2019
📷 #California ⚠️ Caótico ambiente se vivió en plena presentación en una escuela de #Ridgecrest, la ciudad más cercana del epicentro fue interrumpida por este sismo 7.1Mw. Posiblemente con altísimas intensidades. #Terremoto #Sismo
— EL CÍRCULO 🌎 (@CirculoGloBal_I) 6 de julio de 2019
— María José Ramírez (@MajoNews1) 6 de julio de 2019