A 7.1 magnitude earthquake has shaken parts of Southern California and it is the greatest earthquake to strike in 20 years.
It struck at the shallow profundity of 0.9km (0.6 miles) and its epicenter was close to the city of Ridgecrest, about 240km north-east of Los Angeles.
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit a similar zone on Thursday at a profundity of almost 11km.
Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said the earthquakes could continue. Each earthquake makes another earthquake more probable. In any case, Dr. Jones said it was not likely the earthquake would trigger stuns on other fault points.
The quake was felt as far away as Las Vegas in the neighboring province of Nevada and over the outskirt in Mexico.
Claude Denni was born and raised in San Jose. Claude has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Daily Democrat here in Californiar and NPR. As a journalist for Coastal Morning Star, Claude covers national and international developments.