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LIVE UPDATES: M7.1 earthquake near Ridgecrest, Southern California


July 5, 2019: Magnitude 7.1 massive earthquake has been recorded in Southern California today at 08:19 pm local time. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake's epicenter is located 17km NNE of Ridgecrest.

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Epicenter map of magnitude 7.1 earthquake near Ridgecrest, Southern California (USGS)
Update 08:25 UTC

California Governor Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency for San Bernardino County.

Update 06:55 UTC

According to Southern California Edison spokeswoman Sally Jeun, more than 3,000 customers are without power in three counties in Southern California. The affected are Kern County, San Bernardino County and Inyo County.

Update 05:35 UTC

According to Kern County spokeswoman Megan Person, Ridgecrest has had significant reports of structural fires due to gas leaks throughout the city.

Update 04:45 UTC

A rockslide has closed State Route 178 in Kern River Canyon.

An NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas was stopped after the quake.

Update 04:35 UTC

Multiple fires and injuries have been also reported around the epicenter area. USGS officials have currently gathered in Menlo Park to give an update about the 7.1 magnitude earthquake felt in Southern California.

Update 04:18 UTC

The LA Fire Department has sent vehicles and helicopters around the city to identify damages.

Update 04:10 UTC

According to the LA Department of Water and Power, power outage has been reported in the Encino/Valley Glen area.

Update 04:05 UTC

Yesterday, Caltech seismologist Lucy Jones had shared that the area should expect aftershocks to continue for some time. Dr. Lucy Jones said there is a 50% chance of another large quake in the next week. She added that there is a 1 in 20 chance that a bigger earthquake will hit within the next few days.

The result is seen on the next day. Magnitude 7.1 earthquake has been recorded today near Ridgecrest.

Update 03:55 UTC

Many people are worried about the possible Tsunami threat from this earthquake. Please note that the epicenter is located on the land. Also the U.S. Tsunami Warning System has confirmed that there is no Tsunami threat from this earthquake.

Update 03:40 UTC

Ridgecrest has been rattled by more than 17 magnitude 4 quakes and at least 1,200 aftershocks since Thursday. More aftershocks are expected around the Ridgecrest area. 

When Thursday’s quake hit, scientists had warned of even larger earthquake. 

Update 2019/07/06, 03:35 UTC

The current earthquake of magnitude 7.1 rattled Southern California, just a day after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit the same region. The USGS had confirmed the previous earthquake as the largest temblor in the region in two decades.

The earlier was identified as the largest quake to hit the area since 1999, when a 7.1 earthquake struck in a remote part of the Mojave desert. Now, the Magnitude 7.1 will set another record.

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July 5, 2019: Magnitude 7.1 massive earthquake has been recorded in Southern California today at 08:19 pm local time. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake's epicenter is located 17km NNE of Ridgecrest.

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