A magnitude 7.1 earthquake emanating from Ridgecrest, Calif., rocked much of Southern California and the surrounding areas on Friday, swaying roller coasters, disrupting professional sporting events and forcing some news anchors to duck for cover. The trembles came less than a day after a 6.4-magnitude temblor rattled the region on July 4.
Here are just some of the scenes of Friday’s shake, which the Associated Press said broke roads and caused several injuries:
In Los Angeles, a news anchors, Juan Fernandez and Sara Donchey, at KCAL9, a CBS affiliate, appear distressed during their newscast as they react live to the seismic activity. At one point, Donchey takes cover under a desk. “We’re experiencing very strong shaking…I think we need to get under the desk,” she says:
The Los Angeles Dodgers tweeted out a video of the quake during a Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres baseball game on Friday. The players seem oblivious to the trembles but the sports commentators take note:
Here a restaurant’s chandeliers can be seen swaying violently as diners are being told to get down under their tables. The tweet indicates that the video is in Coachella Valley in Southern California.
This video shows a living room rattling and a flat-screen TV knocked over amid the rumbles.
At the 2019 World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas, a man can be heard saying: “Huge earthquake,” and discussing falling objects, presumably, from the ceiling of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks vs. New Orleans summer league tournament at the Thomas and Mack Center in Paradise, Nev., near Las Vegas, was suspended. The much-anticipated game featured Duke University standouts Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett and was attended by NBA luminaries LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but they were overshadowed by the ground shaking and the scoreboard above the court swinging menacingly.
Here a video shows a roller coaster rocking slightly amid the powerful earthquake.
Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist at the California Institute of Technology and a former science adviser at the Geological Survey, tweeted that Thursday’s 6.4 earthquake was a “foreshock” and that Friday’s quake was on the same fault system, according to the AP.
No fatalities have thus far been reported but there have been a number of injuries, according to reports. Local authorities were asking residents to stock up on food and other key supplies for the next two weeks after the back-to-back quakes.