California hit by second large earthquake in two days – is ‘The Big One’ getting closer?

Southern California residents were rattled Friday with an even stronger earthquake at 7.1 magnitude – the second shake in less than 48 hours after strong aftershocks rumbled through the region. The earthquakes are the most powerful to hit the region in 20 years, which was felt by more than 20 million people. 

There have already been more than 80 smaller aftershocks since Thursday’s 6.4 magnitude quake near the city of Ridgecrest, which was felt from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, seismologist Lucy Jones said.

The 5.4 magnitude aftershock, the biggest so far, struck the same desert region as Thursday’s earthquake. Its epicentre was about 11 miles west of Searles Valley, at  just after 4am, the US Geological…

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