Looting and many other crimes are getting reported in the town of California after it experienced the worst of the two massive earthquakes.
The first earthquake occurred at a magnitude 6.4 and shook the city on Thursday morning and an even larger 7.1 temblor came 32 hours later.
The earth under Southern California did not stop to rumble ever since the first shake on Thursday with almost 1400 aftershocks.
Kern County Fire Chief David Witt told reporters, ‘We do feel like there is damage, but we don’t know the extent of it yet. Nobody was trapped, no major collapses that we know of, but we are out there searching.’
Dr Lucy Jones, a seismologist from the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), said it was one of the most powerful earthquakes to hit Southern California.
Jones also warned that there is a one-in-10 chance that there could be another 7.0 quake that could hit the city within a week.
There have close to 1,700 aftershocks recorded since Thursday’s quake.
Friday’s quake released 11 times the amount of energy of Thursday’s.
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), ‘It is really the energy or strength that knocks down buildings.’
Seismologists have predicted that there is 11 percent probability of another quake of magnitude 7 or above.
Source – Daily Mail