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Estimated 7.1-magnitude earthquake hits California

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Posted at 8:38 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-06 09:48:57-04

RIDGECREST, CA — One day after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook much of California, an even stronger earthquake has rattled the state.

According to the US Geological Survey, an estimated 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck around 8:19 p.m. Arizona time. Officials revised down the initial magnitude from 7.1 to 6.9 before reversing and saying the earthquake did reach 7.1 on the magnitude scale.

The coordinates given for the earthquake place it just north and east of Ridgecrest, the same general area as Thursday's quake and to that point the strongest earthquake in 20 years. Aftershocks from that earthquake numbered more than 1,000 and were ongoing throughout the day Friday.

According to the USGS, earthquakes are defined by the strongest one in a chain, making Thursday's earthquake a foreshock of Friday's.

The shaking sent public safety agencies in California into their earthquake response plans. According to Los Angeles firefighters, there were no reports of major damage in their coverage area.

ABC15 viewers across the Valley, including Surprise and Chandler, reported feeling shaking as a result of the earthquake. Videos they submitted showed chandeliers and pools rocking back and forth.

This is a developing story. Stay with ABC15 and ABC15.com for updates.