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State Of Emergency Declared After Bigger Earthquake Hits Southern California

On July 4, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook Southern California. It was centered around Kern Valley, near the town of Ridgecrest, but could be felt as far out as Los Angeles. Luckily, no one was hurt and only minor damage reported.

However, on the evening of July 5, a second earthquake occurred in the same spot, this one measured as 7.1 magnitude.

While the effects of the first quake were relatively minor, this second has caused a lot more damage.

The shaking caused breaks in water mains, leaving many residents without drinking water, and gas leaks resulted in many structural fires. Power and communications are out in areas as well.

The quake could be felt in LA again, as well as Las Vegas and even Northern Mexico.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a State of Emergency.

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He has also reached out to the White House to request a presidential emergency declaration, which would provide extra aid and funds.

Mark Ghilarducci, Director of California Governors' Office of Emergency Management gave a press briefing in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

He explained that the state operations center has been activated to its highest level and first responders and supplies are on their way.

Though the roads are in rough shape, some supplies were already en route after Thursday's quake, which will make up for any transportation delays.

Scientists now believe that the Thursday quake was a foreshock in the run-up to this larger quake.

Aftershocks will likely continue and could cause more issues for already damaged infrastructure. There is also the possibility that this second quake is also just a foreshock for another, larger one.

About a 1 in 20 chance, according to Caltech seismologist Lucy Jones.

h/t: CNN