RIDGECREST, Calif — Officials said there was a 5 percent chance an even larger earthquake could follow the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that jolted much of Southern California Friday night.
“There’s a 5 percent chance that this could be followed by an even larger quake,” said USGS seismologist Robert Graves. “The fault is growing,” he said.
It comes a day after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake centered near Ridgecrest rattled the southern portion of the state Thursday. That earthquake has produced more than 1,400 aftershocks, scientists said.
Like any quake, today's M7.1 has a 1 in 20 of being followed by something even bigger. Smaller quakes – M5s are likely and a M6 is quite possible.
— Dr. Lucy Jones (@DrLucyJones) July 6, 2019
— JD (@jedent) July 6, 2019