CALIFORNIA has been struck by ANOTHER huge earthquake – this time measuring up to 7.1 on the Richter scale.
The US Geological Survey said the massive tremor was focused 11 miles from Ridgecrest, a Mojave Desert town 150 miles from Los Angeles.
1 California has been struck by another even larger quake in the space of just two days. The tremor, shown in blue, is centred around 200 miles north of Los AngelesCredit: USGS
It hit in the same spot that a 6.4-scale tremor struck on Independence Day two days ago – which buckled roads, sparked fires and damaged homes and businesses.
The latest quake – which experts estimate is between 6.9 and 7.1 in strength – is the largest temblor in the region in 20 years.
Terrifying footage posted on social media showed residents running in panic as the tremor struck at around 8:19pm local time on Friday (4:19am Saturday BST).
And fans were sent fleeing from the Staples Centre in LA where a Shawn Mendes pop concert was taking place after speakers began swinging from the roof.
Rows of seats were evacuated after the heavy equipment began swaying overhead.
No injuries have yet been reported and the full extent of the damage so far is unclear.
But thousands flocked to social media to upload dramatic clips and photos.
Many show lights swaying violently and supermarket produce strewn over shop floors.
TV cameras filming the LA Dodgers playing local rivals the San Diego Padres captured the moment the quake hit.
Players were seen continuing the game despite the intensity of the tremor.
On shaky ground: Why is California so prone to earthquakes?EARTHQUAKES are common in California because it lies on the San Andreas Fault.
The San Andreas Fault extends roughly 800 miles through the US state.
Faults are areas where two tectonic plates come together.
It forms the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate — two subterranean masses that form the bases of the Pacific Ocean and the North American continent.
The fault divides into three segments, each with different characteristics and a different degree of earthquake risk, the most significant being the southern segment, which passes within about 35 miles of Los Angeles.
The quake was also felt about 200 miles south east of the epicentre in Las Vegas.
Basketball fans there rushed to the exits as the tremor hit the Thomas & Mack Center during a game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the New York Knicks.
The USGS says it also was felt in Mexico.
Thursday’s 6.4-magnitude quake – then the strongest to hit the region in 20 years – was reported near Searles Valley, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
Buildings were rocked and some roads were left badly damaged as the quake triggered dozens of emergency calls.
The town of Ridgecrest – 11 miles from the epicentre – saw some building fires break out as it suffered the worst of the damage.
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