Southern California is once again rumbling: USGS confirms a 7.1 earthquake. It was felt throughout the Las Vegas Valley. It occurred at a depth of 0.9 kilometers at 20.33 local time (03.19 GMT Saturday) and the epicenter was located about 17 kilometers north-northeast of Ridgecrest, a town of about 30,000 inhabitants 250 kilometers north of Los Angeles, where the tremor was felt.
The epicenter is located right in the same area of Searles Valley, near the town of Ridgecrest, where on Thursday another quake hit and that was considered the strongest tremor in the last 20 years in that area. It is a sparsely populated region in the Mojave Desert, about 240 kilometers northeast of Los Angeles. At least 150 aftershocks have shaken this area of southern California since the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck Thursday morning.
There reports of minor injuries and property damage but no deaths so far.
The quake has been upgraded to a 7.1 as cracked buildings and injuries are reported in Kern and San Bernardino counties
The story is still developing.