Earthquake, 7.1 earthquake, South California, strongest earthquake
Courtesy: LA Times

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake rattled across parts of South California on Saturday, even as the locals were recovering from the quake which struck the region on Thursday. The massive tremors caused the damage to the buildings, cracked roads, and caused several injuries to residents and authorities, reports AP news agency.

A number of aftershocks have jolted the high desert region after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake, the strongest recorded in last 20 years in South California, struck on Thursday.

This was the second massive earthquake in less than two days.

According to U.S Geological Survey, the latest quake struck at about 8:20 p.m. local time (0320 GMT) near the town of Ridgecrest on the edge of Death Valley National Park, about 125 miles (202 km) northeast of Los Angeles, where the previous earthquake hit.

Megan Person, director of communications for the Kern County Fire Department, told AP there were reports of multiple injuries and multiple fires, but she didn’t have details. The county opened an emergency shelter.

Many people shared the videos of the earthquake on internet which shows buildings shaking heavily due to tremors.

Even as the earthquake hit the desert region, people on internet were quick enough to share memes and trolls about the earthquake.

Have a look at some of them here:

Thursday’s earthquake which hit during america’s Independence Day, was one of the strongest in Southern California since the 1994 Northridge temblor.

The Northridge temblor, centered in a heavily populated area of Los Angeles, killed 57 people.


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