Powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook Southern California on Friday, causing some damage to buildings, fires and some injuries, with eight times more force than a foreshock that rattled the same area a day earlier, officials said.
The latest quake struck at about 8:20pm local time (0320 GMT) near the town of Ridgecrest on the edge of Death Valley National Park, about 125 miles (202 km) northeast of Los Angeles, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breeden said by telephone: “We’ve got fires, we’ve got gas leaks, we’ve got injuries, we’ve got people without power, We’re dealing with it as best we can.”
Other officials said the extent of injuries and damage was as yet unknown, but there were no fatalities reported so far.
Friday’s quake was the most powerful to hit Southern California since another 7.1 temblor struck the Mojave Desert near the Twenty nine Palms Marine Corps Base in 1999, said Lucy Jones, a seismologist for the California Institute of Technology (CalTech).
The San Bernadino County Fire Department reported that Friday’s quake had caused some damage to buildings.