Hundreds Of Aftershocks Followed By Earthquake In California


Hundreds of aftershocks rumbled in Southern California on Friday, the day after the region was rocked by the strongest earthquake in two decades, igniting fires, triggering a hospital evacuation and raising concerns about an even more powerful jolt.

Most of the aftershocks ranked in the magnitude 2-to-3 range, with a few in the magnitude 3-to-4 range, well below the Fourth of July’s magnitude 6.4 earthquake centered near Ridgecrest, an inland Kern County city about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The USGS reported that the earthquake quake started 11 miles outside Ridgecrest at 10:33 a.m. PDT. The agency originally reported it had a magnitude of 6.6, later scaling it down to 6.4. Aftershocks of 4.7 and 3.0 magnitudes were reported minutes later, and scores more of less strength followed. The agency further states that this is the strongest earthquake ever felt in California state after 20 years.