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— Another, stronger quake in Ridgecrest shakes Southern California, causing more damage

— 7.1 Magnitude Quake Rocks Southern California; Multiple Fires, Injuries In Ridgecrest

— Celebrities Kylie Jenner and singer Nicki Minaj react to earthquake that hit southern California.

— Huge earthquake rocks California with tremors felt in Las Vegas and Mexico, footage captured during NBA

It was the biggest earthquake to hit southern California in 20 years, leaving destruction in its wake but experts warn a bigger quake could be coming.

The biggest earthquake in a quarter of a century has rattled southern California leaving devastation and carnage in it’s wake just a day after another quake had rocked the region.

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook buildings and cracked their foundations as the epicentre hit near Ridgecrest, nearly 250 kilometres north east of the city of Los Angeles.

Live footage of the moment the earthquake struck was also captured live on ESPN as the NBA’s Summer League showcase was going on.

As a result of the quake spot fires broke out amongst the carnage as gas lines failed and major roads cracked and multiple injuries were reported although there were no reported fatalities.

And now multiple sources say the danger has not passed with a strong likelihood of more aftershocks and potential quakes to come.

Seismologist Dr Lucy Jones said the quakes could continue. “This is an earthquake sequence,” she said at a press conference. “It will be ongoing.”

“Every earthquake makes another earthquake more likely,” she added, saying there was a 10 per cent chance of a similar or even larger quake following in the next week.

However, Dr Jones said it was not likely the quake would trigger shocks on other fault lines.

Her comments were backed up by The National Weather Service, they tweeted a warning that there is a greater than 99 per cent chance there will be aftershocks measuring over 5 on the Richter scale.

California Governor Gavin Newsom offered his “heartfelt support” to all those affected, and has requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration and federal aid to help.

So far President Trump has not commented on the natural disaster.

Local area Fire Chief David Witt said there had been no immediate reports of building collapses or deaths.

“We know of no fatalities. There have been a lot of ambulance calls for help,” Kern County Fire Chief David Witt said at a news conference.


“We’re launching a lot of people … I am very confident that we can take care of the situation.” San Bernardino County firefighters reported cracked buildings and one minor injury.

Mark Ghillarducci, director of the California Office of Emergency Services, said there are “significant reports of structure fires, mostly as a result of gas leaks or gas line breaks throughout the city.”

He also said there’s a report of a building collapse in tiny Trona. He says there could be even more serious damage to the region that won’t be known until first light on Saturday.

Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breeden told Reuters “We’ve got fires, we’ve got gas leaks, we’ve got injuries, we’ve got people without power.”

NBA AND MLB GAMES SHOCKED BY QUAKE

At the NBA Summer League fans had rocked up to catch a glimpse of number one draft pick Zion Williamson make his professional NBA debut but they were quickly exiting the building after a tremor rocked the building.

The game was brought to a standstill with more than 7 minutes to play in the final quarter as the overhead speakers and scoreboard began to sway.

Plenty of celebrities were caught up in the quake as make up mogul Kylie Jenner and singer Nicki Minaj tweeted their angst.


The tremors not only affected the NBA action in Las Vegas, but took over the UFC’s Hall of Fame induction night and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ game.

There was no announcement by the stadium’s public address announcer. Some fans in the upper deck appeared to leave their seats and move to a concourse at the top of the stadium.

The press box lurched for about 20 seconds.

“Everyone was jumping over us to leave,” said Daniel Earle, 52, of Playa del Rey, who was sitting with his wife in the stadium’s reserve level.

“People were freaking out,” he said.

“There was a concession guy, and he actually was really cool because he was really calm. He’s like, ‘Relax. Tranquillo. Relax. Tranquillo,’ and people were looking around.”

“My wife was holding us, like squeezing. I’m surprised my arm is still here. She was squeezing into it so hard,” Earle said.

The game, unlike the NBA continued.

TWO QUAKES IN TWO DAYS

Footage from the latest earthquake flooded social media with one user uploading terrifying footage from inside the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, California with another showing a backyard pool in Ridgecrest splashing water everywhere as the ground shook.

The Los Angeles Times reported over 2,000 residents in Ridgecrest and surrounding areas are without power.

The latest earthquake comes just a day after California was rocked by the most powerful earthquake to strike southern California in decades.

The quake — which measured a 6.4 magnitude on the Richter scale — also struck near the town of Ridgecrest. It was very shallow — about 10.7km — which would have amplified its effect, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

There were reports of damaged buildings, power lines down, broken water mains, rock slides and fires in some areas. One major highway sustained a four inch crack in San Bernardino County, according to local fire department spokesman Jeremy Kern.

It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured in that quake, which hit just after 10.30am Thursday, local time.

Residents of California were bracing for the much feared “big one” earthquake which has been predicted for decades after southern California was hit by a 6.4 magnitude quake — the biggest in 25 years — followed by more than 200 aftershocks.

The biggest aftershock registered 5.4 magnitude and struck in the same desert region as the original 6.4 magnitude earthquake.

Its epicentre was about 18km west of Searles Valley, the US Geological Survey said.

 

AP & Reuters

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