7.1 magnitude earthquake hits parts of Southern California

Last Updated: Jul 06 2019 17:51
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A 7.1 magnitude earthquake has hit parts of Southern California. 

This is considered to be the biggest tremor that has struck in 20 years.

It hit at the shallow depth of 0.9km (0.6 miles) and its epicentre was near the city of Ridgecrest, about 240km north-east of Los Angeles.

On Thursday, a 6.4-magnitude quake hit the same area at a depth of nearly 11km.

Seismologist Dr Lucy Jones said the quakes could continue. "This is an earthquake sequence," she said at a press conference. "It will be ongoing."

"Every earthquake makes another earthquake more likely," she added, saying there was a 10% chance of a similar or even larger quake following in the next week.

However, Dr Jones said it was not likely the quake would trigger shocks on other fault lines.

The earthquake was felt as far away as Las Vegas in the neighbouring state of Nevada and over the border in Mexico.

California Governor Gavin Newsom offered his "heartfelt support" to all those affected and has requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration and federal aid to help.