7.1 earthquake reaches Valley

Nearly 30 hours after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California Thursday, July 4, an even more powerful quake rattled the earthquake-weary region Friday. 

The USGS rated the quake a preliminary magnitude of 7.1. The epicenter for this quake was approximately 11 miles from Ridgecrest, California, 120 miles north of Los Angeles.

USGA reported the earthquake occurred at 8:19 p.m. local time.

Sue Baran, owner of Grasso’s Italian Restaurant in El Centro, felt the quake and said through Facebook, “I was at Grasso’s and felt it swaying. Just got home and water sloshed out of the pool in the back yard."

On Thursday, the USGA warned there was a 5% chance an earthquake larger than the Independence Day quake would strike the region in the coming days. 

On Friday, the USGA reported that 1,400 smaller aftershocks followed Thursday‘s earthquake. 

The preliminary measure of Friday‘s earthquake would make it the most power earthquake to hit California in two decades. 

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