Another powerful earthquake, magnitude 7.1, hit Southern California near Ridgecrest on Friday night, a day after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake centered near Ridgecrest rattled the state.
The 7.1 magnitude shake was five times bigger than Thursday's, but released 11 times the amount of energy than the 6.4 shake. It rocked buildings and cracked foundations. Residents ran in the streets. Multiple fires and injuries have been reported in Ridgecrest after Friday's earthquake. The county has activated an emergency operations center. Friday's earthquake felt in central Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Fire Department said there were reports of wires down and localized power outages in some parts of the city. The shaking was also felt in Mexico and Las Vegas.
The NBA Summer League game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the New York Knicks in Las Vegas was postponed. The residents in Riverside County can sign up for its alert messaging system called, Alert Rivco. It will send helpful information such as the location of emergency shelters, road closures and areas to avoid once the disaster happened. At a news conference at Cal Tech Friday night, Dr. Lucy Jones said there still remained a chance that an even bigger quake could happen