[REGIONAL NEWS] California braced for more aftershocks after 7.1 magnitude earthquake

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook Ridgecrest in southern California on Friday morning, causing significant damage in the area. /Photograph: David McNew/Reuters

The Guardian 

Emergency officials in southern California’s high desert are braced for strong, potentially dangerous aftershocks from a major earthquake that damaged buildings, ruptured gas lines and sparked numerous fires near its remote epicenter.

‘We should expect more quakes’: a top seismologist on California’s tremor

The magnitude 7.1 tremor rocked the Mojave desert town of Ridgecrest near Death Valley National Park as darkness fell on Friday, jolting the area with eight times more force than a 6.4 quake that struck the same area 34 hours earlier.

California governor Gavin Newsom requested federal assistance and placed the state Office of Emergency Services (OES) on its highest alert. 

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