A 7.1 earthquake rocked Southern California on Friday night. Multiple fires broke out after it struck 11 miles northeast of the city of Ridgecrest. This is the second after a 6.4 magnitude hit the same state barely 24 hours after one that struck on Thursday.
Friday’s 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Southern California released 11 times more energy than Thursday's 6.4-magnitude quake, meteorologist @IvanCabreraTV explains. https://t.co/QqIoPRjYDO pic.twitter.com/3zEsK1yAif
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According to the US Geological Survey, Friday’s quake was 5 times bigger than Thursday’s when it was measured on a seismogram.
Since Friday night’s quake, there has been an average of one aftershock per minute since in the southern part of California, according to the United States Geological Survey website.
After an earthquake as powerful as the one that hit Friday, residents can expect an aftershock reaching up to a magnitude of 6.0, officials said Saturday, and should even be prepared for a scarier shake.
A state of emergency has been declared in parts of the state as seismologists expect more aftershocks.