Husband was on the phone with his brother in CA when this one hit. My son who is at the Colorado River in Parker also felt it. I have much family and friends in CA and worrying for their safety. I have never actually been to Ridgecrest but I know it is up highway 395 out in the desert. When you start seeing magnitude 7.1, that is a big one.

A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake swayed buildings and cracked foundations in Southern California on Friday night, sending terrified residents sleeping on the streets a day after another temblor hit.

The latest earthquake Friday struck 11 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, according to the US Geological Survey. It was five times bigger than Thursday's 6.4 -magnitude earthquake, also centered near Ridgecrest, CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller said.

In Ridgecrest, multiple fires broke out Friday and several injuries were reported, according to Kern County spokeswoman Megan Person. The county has activated an emergency operations center, and nearly 2,000 people are without power, officials said.|1