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06 Jul 2019 | 03:57 AM UTC

US: Large 7.1-magnitude aftershock hits southern California July 5 /update 2

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Geologists record 7.1-magnitude earthquake in southern California’s Mojave Desert region on July 5; further aftershocks expected along with some damage and disruptions

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/5/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/7/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Los_Angeles). COUNTRY/REGION California, Ridgecrest (California state), Kern County

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US Geological Survey recorded a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in southern California state at 20:19 (local time) on Friday, July 5. The quake struck near Ridgecrest approximately 200 km (124 mi) north-northeast of Los Angeles. Initial reports indicate minor damage and some injuries near the epicenter. Road damage and other transportation disruptions are likely near Ridgecrest and other areas of Kern county. No tsunami warning was issued. Further seismic activity is likely in the coming hours and days in southern California.


The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 6.4-magnitude earthquake approximately 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest of Searles Valley at a depth of 9 km (6 mi) on July 4. Hundreds of smaller aftershocks have shaken the area since the July 4 quake. 


Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor the situation, prepare for aftershocks, and anticipate localized infrastructure damage and transportation disruptions.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.


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