A second powerful earthquake in two days shook the Southland. Following the 6.4 magnitude quake centered near Ridgecrest, the same area was hit again tonight a little after 8 PM with an even stronger tremor. Preliminary estimates pegged its magnitude at 7.1. It was later adjusted down to 6.9 before USGS revised it back to a 7.1.
The earthquake was felt throughout the Los Angeles area with a long, rolling, unsettling motion. Thousands took to social media to share their experience. The quake was caught on camera live during the LA Dodgers baseball game. It caused the TV camera to shake but the game never stopped.
The powerful earthquake was followed by a string of aftershocks, the strongest at 5.5 magnitude.
Six Flags Magic Mountain evacuated all rides for safety check before resuming normal operation about an hour later.
Disneyland visitors also reported that rides were closed temporarily following the earthquake.
Rides were also temporarily closed at Knott’s Berry Farm, visitors there reported on social media.
NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, who has been spending the holiday in Los Angeles and tweeted about yesterday’s earthquake, was back on Twitter describing his experience tonight. He was at a movie theater which was evacuated.
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