7.1 Quake Rocks SoCal, Searles Valley Hit Hard For Second Time In 24 Hours

CBS News

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA)  — A 7.1 quake rocked Southern California Friday evening.

The quake struck at 8:21 p.m.

KCAL9 anchor Sara Donchey held co-anchor Juan Fernandez’ arm as she steadied herself before ducking under her desk. 

He, meanwhile, reported feeling nauseous about the quake that felt like it wasn’t going to stop.

Friday’s 7.1 and Thursday’s 6.4 both had epicenters near the community of Ridgecrest. The Thursday quake was already the biggest to hit Southern California in 20 years.

The quake Friday evening obliterated that mark.

Related Link: 6.4M Quake Strikes Near Ridgecrest In Kern County; No Reports Of Damage In LA

CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Lesley Marin heard from her friend Laura who was attending this evening’s Dodgers/Padres game. “She said everyone started to scream.” Laura was clearly in a different section than some fans Rachel Kim spoke to. “People started standing up,” said one woman, “and you could tell people felt the shaking. But mostly it was the crowd going woooooooo.”

The 6.4 quake is now considered a foreshock to Friday’s event.

Since yesterday, there were more than 1,400 smaller quakes. The largest recorded about 5.0.

Caltech on Thursday said there was a 6 percent chance there would be a quake of 6.0 or larger rocking the same area in the coming days.

Variety reported that Disneyland shut down rides.

Lucy Jones, seismologist and earthquake expert, tried to calm fears while talking to reporters Friday.

Jones says there is “no reason” to think we won’t see more large earthquakes in Southern California following the recent activity centered near Ridgecrest.

The largest aftershock to a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, felt Friday, would be about a magnitude 6, she said. Jones also said aftershocks for a quake of this magnitude would last many months, if not years. As of 10:30 p.m. she said there had been two 5.0 aftershocks and about 16 4.0 shakers. She said the probability of a 6.0 aftershock in the next week was as high as 50-60 percent.

Friday evening, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statement offering his and the state’s “heartfelt support” to those in the region affected by the quake.

Moreover, he said he formally requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration to receive direct federal assistance “to further support emergency response and recovery in impacted communities.”

The Red Cross is still operating a shelter in Ridgecrest at 100 W. California Ave. providing services to those in need following the quake.

Like Thursday’s quake, a series of videos of lights swinging, water in pools sloshing and things falling off shelves filled social media platforms.

What was considered an aftershock of 4.8 hit around 8:15 p.m. Friday and it was also centered in Searles Valley, the same area as Thursday’s quake.

CBS2/KCAL9 was in the area talking to residents who were reeling from the aftershocks with no idea what was about to transpire in another 15 minutes.

Said one woman, “I was thinking, here we go again, but this was worse.”

The LADWP reported a power outage in the Encino/Valley Glen area affecting about 1,000 customers.

Officials said there were some cuts and bruises but no serious injuries reported.


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11 Responses to 7.1 Quake Rocks SoCal, Searles Valley Hit Hard For Second Time In 24 Hours

  1. Mark Schumacher in LV says:

    I think I’d be thinking about relocating right about now.

    • # 1 NWO Hatr says:

      Hell, Mark… that was one of the funnest things about living there.

      I actually looked forward to them.

      I’ve never claimed to be completely sane either, though. 🙄

      • Katie says:

        #1, I won’t say I looked forward to them when growing up there, although, I much prefer an unexpected quake to a tornado that one knows is in the area.

        • # 1 NWO Hatr says:

          As long as you’re not in a high rise building in downtown L.A., earthquakes are fun (to me, anyway). Survived the Sylmar quake, Northridge & all the others.

          One of the strangest quakes was the desert one in ’99. I was working a carnival that October down in Del Mar fairgrounds. We were camped out in a building right on the beach when it hit (nighttime). It was like being on a boat in the ocean… rolling up & down, but gently.

          Tripendicular. 🙂

      • Mark Schumacher in LV says:

        Wonder how well Mexicans do in a 9.0 quake? Bet those taco wagons really get to rockin man..

        • # 1 NWO Hatr says:

          If the whole state were to drop off into the ocean, we’d lose probably close to 20% of all the illegals in the country.

          My family along with them, but they’re the Walking Dead anyway… don’t believe in owning guns.

  2. NC says:

    So the next one will be 8.1, then?

    Waiting for Hollywood Jews and illegal immigrants to go under so I can get some good beachfront property. It might even solve Las Vegas’ water/drought problem.

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    • Katie says:

      My sis lives in Nevada and she said she saw a social media meme that said, “It’s getting so expensive, even the earthquakes are leaving.”

  3. NC says:

    God came down from Heaven this morning and said, “Look, I used an earthquake to sink California and got rid of all of the Sin in Hollywood.”

    Everyone said, “Well, what about Sin City?”

    He just looked at everyone, slapped His palm to His forehead and said, “Oh crap!”

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