Another Huge Earthquake Is Coming To California Next Week.
Looting has been announced in the town that underwent the worst of the two huge earthquakes that shook Southern California on Thursday and Friday.
Ridgecrest, which lies about 10 miles from the epicentres of both earthquakes, is just starting to inspect the amount of the damage from the tremors that damaged buildings, inflamed fires and left thousands without power.
Mayor Peggy Breeden told KTLA that ‘bad people’ have been made the situation complex by stealing from businesses where the stock was knocked off the racks and spread all over the ground.
The first tremor measured at magnitude 6.4 shook the city on Thursday morning. It was discovered to be a foreshock to an even larger 7.1 temblor that came 32 hours later on Friday night.
And the earth under Southern California has not stopped rumbling ever since the first shake on Thursday, with more than 1,400 aftershocks recorded shortly afterwards, scientists say.
There has been a percentage of one aftershock every minute after Friday’s tremor in the southern part of the state, according to the United States Geological Survey website. Geophysicist John Bellini said that more than 4,700 tremors have been reported since Thursday.
While a press conference Saturday morning, Kern County Fire Chief David Witt said there are no identified deaths from the earthquake but granted that little is known about the destruction at this point.
‘We do feel like there is damage, but we don’t know the scope of it yet,’ Witt told reporters. ‘Nobody was trapped, no major collapses that we know of, but we are out there searching.’
He said damage evaluation is just picking up speed because ‘it’s hard to gather intel in darkness’.
Firefighters were seen battling flames at a mobile home park in Ridgecrest overnight after an electrical fire broke out.
Compared to the first shock, the second was 11 times more powerful, five times greater and remained longer.
The strength of the tremor is the most significant measure, relating to the amount of energy released and thus the amount of damage. Friday’s earthquake released 11 times the amount of energy of Thursday’s, while it measured five times larger on the seismograph.
‘It is really the energy that hits down buildings,’ according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
Aftershocks from the mainshock could happen for years, Jones said. Seismologists have predicted that there is an 11% chance of a magnitude 7 or greater earthquake hitting Southern California in the next week, with an 8% to 9% that it will be higher than Friday’s.