A pair of large earthquakes hit Southern California over the course of two days.
On Thursday, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the area. The next day, a 7.1 earthquake rocked Southern California on Friday night. Multiple fires broke out after it struck 11 miles northeast of the city of Ridgecrest.
Here's what else you need to know about these earthquakes:
- Friday's earthquake was 11 times stronger than Thursday's 6.4-magnitude earthquake, which was also centered near Ridgecrest.
- According to data from the earthquakes, the probability for another magnitude 7 quake within the next week is 3%, according to Caltech Seismologist Doctor Egill Hauksson. There is a 27% chance for a magnitude 6 within the next week.
- The Red Cross said Saturday that 163 people are staying in shelters.
- Governor Gavin Newsom will visit the area affected by the earthquakes. He also requested a federal emergency declaration from President Trump.
- Kern County said there are no major structural reports of any damage, but a couple of mobile homes were knocked off their foundation a little bit.
- The Ridgecrest police chief said Saturday that there are no reported casualties.
- Since Friday night's 7.1-magnitude quake, there have been three quakes with magnitudes of 5 or greater. Those three all occurred within the first hour after the 7.1 quake; one was a 5.5 magnitude and there were two 5.4 quakes.
- A state of emergency is declared in Ridgecrest and San Bernardino County and seismologists are expecting more aftershocks.