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A magnitude-7.1 earthquake hit Southern California on Friday evening — just a day after a magnitude-6.4 earthquake, that was the largest temblor in the region in two decades, the United States Geological Survey confirmed in a news conference.
Shaking was felt in Las Vegas and Los Angeles and as far away as Mexico. Multiple aftershocks have occurred since the quake. The USGS said there’s a five percent chance a larger quake could follow.
“Every earthquake makes another earthquake more likely and that’s what we’re seeing right here,” seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said Friday. “The first one is often not the biggest one.”
She added that 20 years without a magnitude-6.0 or larger is not normal. Generally, they occur in California about every five years.
This is the same sequence. You know we say we 1 in 20 chance that an earthquake will be followed by something bigger? This is that 1 in 20 time
— Dr. Lucy Jones (@DrLucyJones) July 6, 2019
About 20 percent of earthquakes strike in both directions, which may have been the case Friday, Jones added.
“We don’t get the 7’s very often,” she said.
The newest earthquake’s epicenter was about 10 miles north northeast of Ridgecrest, Calif., about 150 northeast of Los Angeles, near where Thursday’s quake occurred.
The Ridgecrest area has had more than 100 aftershocks since Thursday’s earthquake and experts warn there could be more to come.
A Summer League NBA game between the Pelicans and the Knicks in Las Vegas was suspended in the fourth quarter Friday when the scoreboard over the players began to sway.
— Mick Akers (@mickakers) July 6, 2019
The Los Angeles International Airport reported on Twitter there are no flight delays due to the earthquake.
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) July 6, 2019
There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 but was upgraded to a 7.1 by the USGS.