California 7.1 Earthquake Friday Night: Viral Videos Show Damage, Chaos Prompted by Latest Tremor

Southern California has been ratted by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake, leaving buildings cracked, fires raging and multiple people injured.

The tremor—which followed a smaller quake on Thursday—was reported from Sacramento all the way down the west coast to Mexico.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, magnitude estimates ranged between 6.9 and 7.1, making Friday night's event the most powerful earthquake in California for two decades.

The tremor hit at around 8:20 p.m. local time. The epicenter was close to the town of Ridgecrest in the Mojave desert, roughly 125 miles north of Los Angeles. Ridgecrest was also close to the epicenter of Thursday's earthquake.

Videos of the tremor quickly spread across social media, not least from spectators at the MLB game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The press box at the game shook for several seconds, while video appeared to show fans at the top of the stadium scrambling for the exits.

The Los Angeles Times said the stadium shook for around a minute, though the players kept their composure and played through the incident, with three balls pitched to Dodger batter Enrique Hernandez during the quake.

The NBA Summer League game between the New York Knicks and the New Orleans Pelicans being played in Las Vegas was also disrupted, with players and staff leaving the court when the tremor was felt.

Other videos showed damage inside local businesses, where merchandise tumbled to the floor and power went out.

Damage to buildings and some minor injuries were reported, though no fatalities occurred. The Kern County fire department reported several inquiries, multiple fires and sunken roads, the Guardian noted.

And in San Bernardino County, the fire department said buildings had been cracked and one person had sustained a minor injury.

California Governor Gavin Newson said he had activated the Office of Emergency Services operations center to its highest possible level. "The state is coordinating mutual aid to local first responders," Newson explained.

The governor also offered his "heartfelt support" to all those affected by the earthquake. A later statement noted that Newson has declared a state of emergency for San Bernardino county, which "damaged critical infrastructure, homes and other structures and caused fires."

Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology's seismology lab, said at a press conference that more quakes were likely, the BBC reported. "This is an earthquake sequence," she said "It will be ongoing."

"Every earthquake makes another earthquake more likely," Jones continued, noting there is a 10 percent chance of a similar or larger quake within the next week.

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A vehicle drives over cracks seen on the road along Highway 178 north of Ridgecrest some 16 miles south of Trona, California, on July 4, 2019. California has experienced two large earthquakes in as many days. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty
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