Anybody who has experienced any kind of earthquake will tell you that they can be pretty nerve-wracking, especially when they last for a considerable period of time. For residents of Southern California, the earthquakes shaking the area are becoming increasingly scary, as the latest in a line of quakes has registered as high as 7.1 magnitude on the Richter scale.
Only days after a 5.1 magnitude earthquake was felt on the Canadian coast, another significant earthquake has shaken Southern California. According to reports, the 7.1 magnitude quake was felt from Sacramento to Las Vegas to Mexico and was strong enough to damage buildings, start fires and ruin roads. It was the largest earthquake felt in the area for at least 20 years.
Seismologists have now warned that large aftershocks are expected to continue for days, if not weeks. In response to the tremors, the Canadian Government have updated its travel advisory for the area.
Reports say that the earthquake started at around 8:19 PM on Friday evening, following a smaller, magnitude 6.4 quake that shook the area on Thursday. Lucy Jones, Seismologist at the California Institute of Technology, told CBC News that the quakes were definitely related.
Jones noted that there is also a chance that another 7.0 quake could hit within a week, and the chance of a 5.0-magnitude quake "is approaching certainty." Large after-shocks from this particular quake could be felt for days, and even potentially weeks.
The Canadian Government travel advisory was updated on Saturday, July 6 at 01:18 AM ET, following the reports of the quakes earlier in the evening in California. While the risk level for the United States has not changed, an advisory has been added to the ‘natural disasters and climate’ section of the website.
According to the advisory, earthquakes pose a risk in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington State. The website notes that ‘on July 5, 2019, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Searles Valley in California,’ adding “If you are in or around the affected areas: monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.
The latest California earthquake was centred approximately 18 kilometres from Ridgecrest, the same area where the Thursday-night quake hit. It left several thousand local people without power, and CBC News reports that the quake cracked buildings, destroyed roads, started fires and caused minor injuries. For the second time in only two days, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital was forced to wheel patients out of the building, some still hooked to IVs.
In the hours following the quake, people in the immediate and surrounding areas took to Twitter to share pictures and videos of the tremor, and the damage it had done. One particular video from BBC News shows two news reporters in the area having to take cover from the quake under their desks.
For regularly updated information on the Canadian Government’s travel advice, click here.