Magnitude 7.1 earthquake hits southern California

  • 07:42 06 July 2019

Magnitude 7.1 earthquake hits southern California

The third powerful quake has been recorded by geologists in several days in Southern California. According to the US Geological Survey, the latest tremor had 7.1 magnitude and is considered to be powerful, ONA reports quoting sputniknews.

There have been no immediate reports about casualties or damage. Local netizens have shared alleged footage showing some apartments in California affected by the powerful jolt.

At least 159 aftershocks of magnitude 2.5 or greater were recorded after the first earthquake, according to the USGS. The shaking intensity levels were predicted for the area and were below damaging levels, hence an alert was not triggered, according to local media reports. 

The USGS web site was temporarily unavailable Friday night. Local media suggested that the seismic agency's web site was overwhelmed with requests following the significant temblor.
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre' data (EMSC), southern areas of the US state of California were struck by a 6.9 magnitude. The quake occurred at the depth of 40 kilometers (24.9 miles), 218 kilometers north of Los Angeles, the EMSC reported.

Meanwhile, the USGS has not reportedly downgraded the quake's magnitude.

According to media reports, the Thursday's quake provoked at least 20 incidents ranging from medical assistance to structure fires.