The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded an average of one aftershock per minute in Southern California after two powerful earthquakes hit Thursday and Friday.
Thursdays earthquake brought more than 1,400 aftershocks to the southern part of the state, scientists said, according to CNN. Officials expected aftershocks reaching a magnitude of 6.0 due to Fridays quake.
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Ridgecrest, California, on the Fourth of July, and another 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Friday, affecting people from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. (RELATED: Second Earthquake In Two Days Hits Southern California)
The earth has been continuously rumbling in Ridgecrest, which has a population of nearly 30,000 people, and residents are traumatized, Mayor Peggy Breeden said Saturday, according to CNN.
Firefighters battle an electrical fire in a mobile home park in Ridgecrest, California July 6, 2019, following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake on July 5. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
An employee carries items for a customer past broken bottles scattered on the floor, following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck nearby, on July 6, 2019 in Ridgecrest, California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
“Many of them are sleeping outside tonight,” she said. “Theyre fearful to be in their homes. Many are choosing to just be with their neighbors … in their sidewalks, in their driveways and some of them are in the streets.”