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California Struck by Massive Earthquake for the Second Time in Less Than Two Days

Rodolfo Vieira
Jul 06, 2019
05:40 P.M.

Southern California has been hit by the second earthquake in two days, and this one is believed to have been at least eleven times stronger than the previous one.

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It has been reported that the powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake caused several buildings to sway, cracked streets and led crowds of terrified people to run out of their homes.

The first earthquake, which had a 6.4 magnitude, struck near the center of Ridgecrest, and the latest one didn't go very far, hitting the northeast of the Ken County city.

A house damaged by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Trona, California | Photo: Getty Images

A house damaged by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Trona, California | Photo: Getty Images

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STILL FEELING THE EFFECTS

According to John Bellini, a US Geological Survey geophysicist, 4,700 quakes have occurred since Thursday and that residents are experiencing one aftershock per minute.

The expert also said that three other earthquakes, with a magnitude of 5 or greater, have struck the region within the first hour after the 7.1 earthquake.

Firefighters trying to put out a house fire the a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Ridgecrest, California | Photo: Getty Images

Firefighters trying to put out a house fire the a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Ridgecrest, California | Photo: Getty Images

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The damage was considerable and several foundations were weakened as a result. The powerful earth tremor also caused gas leaks, which evolved into dangerous fires.

Mark Ghilarducci, the director of the Governor's Office of Emergency Management revealed that power and communications were affected by the quake, and several people were injured in the process.

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ASKING THE WHITE HOUSE FOR HELP

However, despite the number of injuries, David Witt, Kern County Fire Chief, was glad to report that, so far, no fatalities have been registered.

California Governor Gavin Newsom was quick to send his support to those affected by the natural disaster and asked President Donald Trump to issue an emergency declaration for assistance.

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A SIMILAR NATURAL EVENT

A very similar earthquake, with a 7.2 magnitude, rocked the Philippines half a year ago and caused residents of Mindanao to fear for their lives after learning that a Tsunami Warning had been issued.

Since the coast was considered the most dangerous place to be during the natural disaster, people were advised to keep their distance from beaches and the coast fronting the Philippine Sea.

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