A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck southern California on July 5, 2019 at 8:20 pm local time (03:20 UTC).
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck southern California on July 5, 2019 at 8:20 pm local time (03:20 UTC). This event was centered near the July 4, 2019 M6.4 earthquake.
USGS scientists and crews continue to work around the clock conducting field work, mapping impacted areas and monitoring additional aftershocks to keep the public informed.
USGS has issued a red alert for economic losses meaning that extensive damage is probable, and the disaster is likely widespread. Estimated economic losses are at least $1 billion dollars, less than 1% of GDP of the United States. Past events with this alert level have required a national or international level response.
There is a green alert for shaking-related fatalities with a low likelihood of casualties. The closest large population center is Ridgecrest, population 28,000. Strong to very strong shaking and damage has been reported there.
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