Major New Earthquake (A 7.1!) In Mojave Desert Rocks Central, South Coasts

Jul 5, 2019

A massive magnitude 7.1 earthquake in the Mojave Desert rocked much of California Friday night, and was felt throughout the Central and South Coasts.

There was a magnitude 5.0 quake at 8:16 p.m., followed by the 7.1 at 8:19 p.m.  The Thursday morning 6.4 quake in the same area near the city of Ridgecrest is now being called a foreshock of Friday night's quake.

No damage was reported on the Central and South Coasts from the latest quakes.  After the two major new quakes after 8 Friday night happened, the region was followed by about two dozen aftershocks within an hour, most in the magnitude three to four range.

Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones says we can expect aftershocks from what's called the Little Lake fault for at least the next year.  Jones calls this another wakeup call for everone in the region to make sure they are earthquake prepared.