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Southern California hit by 7.1 magnitude earthquake, strongest in 20 years

This is the second massive quake in less than two days. The quake was centered near Ridgecrest, location of the July 4 magnitude temblor.

Food that fell from the shelves litters the floor of an aisle at a Walmart following an earthquake in Yucca Valley, California. This is the second massive quake in less than two days. (AP)

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake jolted Southern California on Saturday, even as the locals were recovering from an earlier quake that struck the region on Thursday, reports AP. The massive temblor cracked buildings, set fires, broke roads and caused several injuries, authorities, and residents told the news agency.

Preceded by Thursday’s 6.4 magnitude temblor, it was the largest in Southern California in at least 20 years and was followed by a series of large and small aftershocks.

This is the second massive quake in less than two days.

Early magnitude estimates from the US Geological Survey wavered between 6.9 and 7.1. The quake hit the region at 8:19 pm (Friday, July 5,  as per GMT-7) and was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest in the same areas where the previous quake hit.

Megan Person, director of communications for the Kern County Fire Department, told AP there were reports of multiple injuries and multiple fires, but she didn’t have details. The county opened an emergency shelter.

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Due to tremors, a rockslide closed State Route 178 in Kern River Canyon, where photos from witnesses also showed that a stretch of roadway had sunk.

Traffic drives over a patched section of Highway 178 between Ridgecrest and Trona, California, Friday, July 5, 2019. (AP)

Cracked buildings and one minor injury were reported by San Bernardino County firefighters.

150 miles away, in downtown Los Angeles,  offices in skyscrapers rolled and rocked for at least 30 seconds.