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Scientists Scramble to Collect Data After Ridgecrest Earthquakes

By Katherine Kornei

At 10:33 a.m. local time on 4 July 2019, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck California’s Mojave Desert near Ridgecrest (population 28,000). The next day, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake—roughly 11 times more powerful—occurred at 8:19 p.m. on a different fault in the same area.

“This was a unique set of events,” said Abhijit Ghosh, a seismologist at the University of California, Riverside. Usually, there’s one large earthquake followed by smaller aftershocks, he said... Read more

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