California quake may have killed man in Nevada

Animation shows earthquake outbreak in California

Animation shows earthquake outbreak in California

Deputies had discovered the body of the 56-year-old on Tuesday on his property in Pahrump, Nevada, about 180 miles (290 km) northeast of the California city of Ridgecrest that took the brunt of the quakes.

No other deaths or serious injuries have been linked to the quake or to a magnitude 7.1 temblor that struck the same Mojave Desert area on Friday.

Two recent Southern California earthquakes warped the ground across dozens of square miles - and the changes are visible even from space.

The post-earthquake imagery was acquired on Monday, July 8 and compared with April 2018 data from the same area.

Each color band represents 4.8 inches (12 centimeters) of ground displacement within the radar instrument's line of sight, JPL said in a statement. The rupture left in the surface where the quake hit is easily seen.

And the "noisy" areas in the northwest indicates where the ground surface was disturbed.

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The United States Geological Survey (USGS) says the natural disaster occurred at a depth of about 8 kilometres, and was the result of strike-slip faulting (plates grinding against each other in a roughly horizontal fashion) at a juncture of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates known as the Eastern California shear zone.

The USGS has reported more than 1,000 aftershocks in the region following the July 5 natural disaster.

California is it the midst of installing a state-wide early detection system due to be completed by 2021 which will not only stop trains but also open the doors of fire stations moments before an quake hits.

It's part of a sequence of earthquakes that began rippling across the region last week and was preceded, less than 36 hours earlier, by a magnitude 6.4 foreshock on July 4.

This kind of rupture occurs when the ground offsets during an quake and resembles a slash cut into the earth.

Authorities are investigating the incident as an "earthquake related death".

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