7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Southern California
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake was reported Friday evening at 8:16 p.m. Pacific time four miles from Ridgecrest, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The earthquake occurred 31 miles from California City, 62 miles from Barstow, and 64 miles from Rosamond, Calif..
In the past 10 days, there have been 117 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.
The jolt comes two days after the July Fourth magnitude 6.4 earthquake that rattled the region. That was the largest earthquake in two decades in Southern California, shaking communities from Las Vegas to Long Beach and ending a quiet period in the state’s seismic history.
The quake was felt downtown as a rolling motion that seemed to last at least a half-minute. It was felt as far away as Las Vegas, and the USGS says it also was felt in Mexico.
The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth. Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.
*This article may be updated as more information becomes available