Third Earthquake Hits California, This Time a Magnitude 7.1

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake has struck California, with the epicenter being close to Ridgecrest, California, according to the Los Angeles Times. It occurred at 8:19 p.m. on Friday night.

Another earthquake, magnitude 5.5, hit less than 30 minutes later.

The 7.1 quake was felt all the way in Las Vegas where Summer League was going down. The New Orleans Pelicans were playing the New York Knicks. The game was postponedAccording to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was also felt in Mexico.

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake, now considered to be a foreshock, was felt in Ridgecrest and surrounding areas just yesterday on July 4. That earthquake was reported as being the largest that Southern California had seen in two decades. “There is about a 1 in 20 chance that this location will be having an even bigger earthquake in the next few days, that we have not yet seen the biggest earthquake of the sequence,” Seismologist Lucy Jones told the Los Angeles Times following the July 4 quake.

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