A remote area of California’s Mojave Desert experienced two earthquakes on July 4 and 5, measuring 6.4 and 7.1 on the Richter scale, respectively.
The quakes hit near the small towns of Ridgecrest and Trona, and officials said damage to public infrastructure was limited to those locations, which are about 150 miles from Los Angeles. There were no fatalities.
By July 7 in Ridgecrest, all roads were safe to drive, power had been restored and all government buildings were declared safe.
The United States Geological Survey said that while small aftershocks in the area are likely, the probability of a similarly sized earthquake before July 25, 2019 is less than 1 percent.
Scientists at the California Institute of Technology said the quakes neither increased nor decreased the chances of a large quake occurring in California.
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Recent critical wildfires in California are fully contained and pose no safety risk.
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