4.9-magnitude earthquake rattles Ridgecrest area

A  4.9-magnitude earthquake shook about five miles northeast of Ridgecrest Friday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The 6:11 a.m. tremor hit a week after two major quakes shook the area in Kern County, one a 6.4-magnitude earthquake and the other a 7.1.

The quake originated 6.2 miles below the surface. Shortly after it struck, 599 people reported to the USGS that they felt it, from Fresno south to Santa Ana.

Within minutes, a 3.1 and a 2.8 tremor occurred in the Ridgecrest area as well.

Friday’s incident is believed to be the strongest aftershock of those two strong earthquakes in the region.

Seismologists, such as Dr. Lucy Jones, have continually warned that aftershocks could continue for days or weeks.

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