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California braced for more aftershocks after 7.1 magnitude earthquake

Edward Helmore 6-7 minutes Officials in southern California’s high desert were braced for strong, potentially dangerous aftershocks after a major earthquake damaged buildings, ruptured gas lines and sparked fires near its remote epicenter. As darkness fell on Friday, the magnitude 7.1 tremor rocked the Mojave desert town of Ridgecrest near Death Valley National Park, jolting the area with eight times more force than a 6.4 quake that struck the same area 34 hours earlier. Southern California can expect more significant shaking in the near future, said Lucy Jones, a seismologist at the California Institute of Technology and a former science adviser at the US Geological Survey. There is about a one in 10 chance that another 7.0 quake could hit within the next week and the chance of a 5.0-magnitude quake “is approaching certainty”, Jones told reporters , adding that the new quake probably ruptured along about 25 miles of fault line and