In recent days in Southern California, an earthquake occurred approximately every minute.
In the first 100 hours since a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck on Thursday near Ridgecrest, a community 150 miles north of Los Angeles, 5,400 earthquakes were recorded, mostly light. That’s equal to an earthquake every 1 minute and 7 seconds.
The US Geological Survey UU (USGS, for its acronym in English) published on Monday an animation that shows the series of earthquakes, ranging from the early hours of Thursday to midday Monday. The animation shows Thursday’s earthquake from 6.4 to the south, followed by Friday’s earthquake, from 7.1, to the northwest.
— USGS (@USGS) July 8, 2019
The earthquake on Friday was 11 times stronger than the magnitude 6.4 earthquake on Thursday.
The animation shows a wave of replicas that continue to the northwest.
Mary Ellers is News Reporters’s senior journalist covering federal politics. She has previously wrote for NPR and is a regular contributor to Medium. Mary graduated from Georgetown University’s journalism school with distinction in 2014.