A powerful 6.4 earthquake was followed by scores of aftershocks Thursday and Friday,terrifying California residents — and there may be another strong earthquake coming soon.
Thursday’s earthquake — centered near Ridgecrest, 150 miles north of Los Angeles — was the strongest to hit Southern California in nearly 20 years, prompting one city’s mayor and later the governor to declare a state of emergency for the area.
Over 170 aftershocks followed Thursday, and they continued Friday: A 5.4-magnitude earthquake temblor struck just northeast of Ridgecrest at 4:07 a.m. (7:07 a.m. ET), the US Geological Survey said.
Thursday’s quake was like being in a movie, Ridgecrest resident Sara Baird said.
“Everything shakes. The whole ground shakes beneath you, the whole house. Everything fell in my kitchen, it’s still on the floor,