Earthquake of magnitude 7.1 shakes Southern California

Earthquake of magnitude 7.1 shakes Southern California

LOS ANGELES – A powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook Southern California on Friday, causing damage to buildings, fires and some injuries, with eight times stronger than a foreshock that rattled the same area a day earlier, officials said.The latest quake struck at about 8:20 p.m. local time (0320 GMT) near the town of Ridgecrest on the edge of Death Valley National Park, about 125 miles (202 km) northeast of Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Other officials said the extent of injuries and damage was as yet unknown, but there were no fatalities reported so far.