The earth hasn’t stopped rumbling under Southern California since Thursday, when a powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake rattled Ridgecrest and the surrounding area. An even stronger 7.1-magnitude temblor followed on Friday.
There’s been an average of one aftershock per minute since the quake on Friday, according to the United States Geological Survey website.
“This isn’t going to stop in the near future,” Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin said Saturday morning.
“The aftershocks, they haven’t slowed down since the 7.1 [magnitude earthquake],” he added, warning residents to stay prepared and load up on supplies “just in case that we have something bigger than we had today.”