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So. California on edge after second large earthquake strikes in two days


A second earthquake in as many days rattled Ridgecrest and was felt in the Monterey Bay Area, according to the National Weather Service.

Weather officials tweeted at 8:32 p.m.:

“A barely noticeable very subtle swaying felt here at the Monterey NWS office that lasted less than a minute.”

The preliminary 7.1 magnitude quake struck at 8:19 p.m. and was centered 17 kilometers north northeast of Ridgecrest, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Thursday’s earthquake was a preliminary 6.4 magnitude and was centered 18 kilometers east northeast of Ridgecrest, USGS officials said. It struck at 10:33 a.m.

Caltrans said state Highway 178 is closed because of a rock slide in Kern River Canyon Friday. The Los Angeles Fire Department said they have received word that some power lines are down and there are localized power outages Friday.

Fire officials no major damage to infrastructure has been identified in the city of Los Angeles.

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