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Ridgecrest earthquake aftershocks keep rattling: More than 70 measuring 4.0+ since July 4

Los Angeles Times logo Los Angeles Times 7/15/2019 By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
Ronnie Tolbert, left, and her husband Danny, sleep on a mattress in the front yard of their home that was severely damaged in a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, on Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Trona, Calif. © Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS Ronnie Tolbert, left, and her husband Danny, sleep on a mattress in the front yard of their home that was severely damaged in a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, on Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Trona, Calif.

LOS ANGELES — It’s been more than a week since two of the largest earthquakes to hit Southern California in nearly two decades hit, and the aftershocks keep coming.

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake Monday morning struck about 25 miles northwest of the July 5 magnitude 7.1 quake.

There have been more than 70 earthquakes of magnitude 4 and greater since July 4, when a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck on Independence Day; a day later, a much larger magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit.

The earthquake at 1:38 a.m. occurred in the northwestern section of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.

The closest towns nearest to the earthquake, Ridgecrest and Trona, both about 30 miles southeast of the epicenter, were calculated by the U.S. Geological Survey to have felt shaking on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale of between 1 and 2 — either so faint it wasn’t felt, or “weak” shaking that it might have only been felt by a few people, even those sitting still.

a close up of a toy store: Javaid Waseem, owner of Minit Gas Station in Ridgecrest, Calif., whose store was hit earlier in the week by a quake, is once again picking up on Saturday, July 6, 2019, after a 7.1 earthquake hit the area a day earlier. © Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/TNS Javaid Waseem, owner of Minit Gas Station in Ridgecrest, Calif., whose store was hit earlier in the week by a quake, is once again picking up on Saturday, July 6, 2019, after a 7.1 earthquake hit the area a day earlier.

The town of Lone Pine is about 40 miles northwest of the epicenter. The shaking at the remote epicenter, just northwest of Sugarloaf Mountain within the borders of the naval air weapons station, was moderate, or intensity level 5.

a bunch of items that are on display in a store: Clean up continues at Eastridge Market hours after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rattled the Ridgecres, Calif., area on Thursday, July 4, 2019. © Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS Clean up continues at Eastridge Market hours after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rattled the Ridgecres, Calif., area on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Thousands of aftershocks have already been reported, and scientists said last week they expect thousands more — about 34,000 over the next six months.

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a screenshot of a video game: USGS Seismologist Robert Graves points to a map showing where two fault lines caused the earthquake and met, at a press conference in response to the 6+ magnitude earthquake that struck near Ridgecrest, at Cal Tech, in Pasadena, Calif., on July 4, 2019. © Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS USGS Seismologist Robert Graves points to a map showing where two fault lines caused the earthquake and met, at a press conference in response to the 6+ magnitude earthquake that struck near Ridgecrest, at Cal Tech, in Pasadena, Calif., on July 4, 2019. a group of people sitting on a bench: Amer Chaudhry, 19, in wheelchair, at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital waits to be checked by doctor after getting hurt while running down stairs at her home when a 6.4 earthquake hit Ridgecrest, Calif., on Thursday, July 4, 2019. © Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/TNS Amer Chaudhry, 19, in wheelchair, at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital waits to be checked by doctor after getting hurt while running down stairs at her home when a 6.4 earthquake hit Ridgecrest, Calif., on Thursday, July 4, 2019.
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