Strong aftershock in California after July 4th quake

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Published on July 5, 2019 - Duration: 01:20s

Strong aftershock in California after July 4th quake

A strong aftershock shook Southern California early on Friday as residents were still assessing the damage from the July 4 quake, the strongest in the region in 25 years, which was felt by more than 20 million people.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.


Strong aftershock in California after July 4th quake

It was the strongest earthquake to hit Southern California in more than two decades.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) KAITLIN ALEXANDER, STORE EMPLOYEE: "The wine, all I heard was (crashing noise).

Registering 6.4 on the richter scale on Thursday as geologists were quick to predict the aftershocks were coming.

(SOUNDBITE) ROBERT GRAVES - SEISMOLOGIST AT US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY: "There's a 20 percent chance we're going to have greater than magnitude 5 within that one week period.

IT's very likely that with a 6.4 that you'd get aftershocks over 5." Right on cue - Californians were rattled by a 5.4 magnitude tremor just after 4 a-m pacific time.

The quake hit near the small town of ridgecrest.

Residents still have to clean up from the first one.

Merchandise thrown off store shelves.

(UPSOUND) "THIS IS CRAZY" And broken dishes on the floor of this restaurant.

(UPSOUND) "We still have no power, I gotta clean up later." Thursday's earthquake was the strongest to hit Southern California since 1994 Felt by more than 20 million people on from Los Angles to Las Vegas.

(SOUNDBITE) OLGA TARNOVETSKA, LA RESIDENT SAYING: "Everything was shaking!" The quake… so powerful that it split the ground across the Mojave Desert.

Officials said only a few injuries were reported from Thursday's quake but two houses caught fire from broken gas pipes.

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