(Riverside Press Enterprise) Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for San Bernardino County in the wake of a powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake on Friday night, as urban search and rescue crews from around Southern California headed to Ridgecrest and surrounding areas to help assess the damages.
But as of Saturday morning, no major injuries or structure collapses were announced, according to state and local officials, and roads affected by splits or rock slides were repaired and reopened.
Many more earthquakes are expected, Caltech scientists said. As of Saturday, here have been 2,600 aftershocks since the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit in the same area on July 4. Eventually, the sequence of quakes could generate over 30,000 temblors, said Egill Hauksson of Caltech.
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