Friday’s Earthquake Was 11th Strongest in California History and Most Powerful in 20-Years

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Magnitude 7.1 quake in Ridgecrest, CA on July 5th, 2019. image: CBSnews

Friday’s 7.1 earthquake near Ridgecrest was among the most powerful quakes in California history and the most powerful in the last 20-years. Its remote location made it far less destructive and deadly than smaller quakes whose epicenters were in urban areas, but still caused fires and injuries. The quake was larger than the famous 1994 Northridge quake which measured 6.6-magnitude, killed 57 people, and left 125,000 people homeless.

This quake was felt in Los Angeles, Mammoth Lakes, and as far away as Sacramento, Las Vegas, and Mexico, and some SnowBrains users are reporting having felt this quake in North Lake Tahoe – over 300-miles away from the epicenter. There have been over 1,400 aftershock earthquakes since yesterday’s earthquake, according to the USGS.

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