Two earthquakes hit Southern California in past two days

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Friday night, an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 hit 11 miles north of Ridgecrest, California.
This was the aftershock of a slightly smaller earthquake in Southern California which occurred on Thursday, reaching a magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter Scale.

Damages reported include gas leaks, water main breaks and several injuries. Luckily, many Californians have taken precautions in the case of an earthquake and are aware of the safety procedures.

Lakshanyaa Ganesh, a resident of Cupertino, California, said she “ha[s] earthquake drills … [and] whenever there’s an earthquake, just get away from tall buildings and just call, make sure you keep in contact with other people. So they know what’s happening.”

On the other hand, those not in California are unaware of the measures taken in the case of an earthquake.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native Erin Drumm, visitor to California, believes she would not be mentally prepared if an earthquake struck her hometown. “I’d be surprised. Because we don’t really get earthquakes,” she said. “I would be scared because I don’t really know about earthquakes.”

Experts predict smaller tremors in the coming days, and those visiting areas with frequent earthquakes should be prepared.

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