Why Friday’s quake was 11 times stronger but only 5 times bigger than Thursday’s

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Since Friday night’s quake, there has been an average of one aftershock per minute since in the southern part of California, according to the United States Geological Survey website.

After an earthquake as powerful as the one that hit Friday, residents can expect an aftershock reaching up to a magnitude of 6.0, officials said Saturday, and should even be prepared for a scarier shake.

With that in mind, Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin offered up some advice:

“I would probably start taking some stuff off the walls if they’re not already down … Make sure you’re not sleeping under something that’s still hung up.”

The chief warned residents to stay prepared and load up on supplies while stores are still open, “just in case that we have something bigger than we had today.”

He said residents should remain vigilant for the next two weeks.

“This isn’t going to stop in the near future,” he said. “The aftershocks, they haven’t slowed down since the 7.1 (magnitude earthquake). For a period of time there was constant vibration.”

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