A magnitude 5.4 aftershock to the Ridgecrest Earthquake struck in the same area Friday morning, rattling areas across Southern California.
It struck at 4.07 a.m. at a depth of around 4.3 miles, its epicenter 9.7 miles west of Searles Valley, according to a computer-generated report from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Several temblors greater than 3 magnitude hit the same region earlier Friday morning.
Then, at 5:38 a.m., a 4.1 magnitude aftershock struck, again at a depth of 4.3 miles, 9.4 miles west of Searles Valley, according to a computer-generated USGS report. It was followed 17 minutes later by a 3.7 magnitude temblor that hit at a depth of 3.7 miles.
There were no reports of injuries or damages stemming from the latest aftershocks.
Seismologists at Caltech said Friday afternoon that Thursday morning’s original quake, which had a magnitude of 6.4, actually struck along a pair of faults, one running northwest and one running northeast. They also said there is a roughly 6 percent chance of another quake of magnitude 6 or greater striking in the area, although they could not give any specific timeline of when such an event could potentially occur.
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