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Satellite Images Show 7.1M Quake Opened Up A Fissure In The Earth

RIDGECREST (CNN) — The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook Southern California and Nevada on Friday also ripped open a fissure in the earth's surface.

7.1M Quake Opened Up A Fissure In The Earth
The 7.1 earthquake that hit near Ridgefield, Calif., created a massive crack in the Earth visible in satellite images. (Planet Labs/CNN)

When the shaking started at 8:19 p.m. Friday about 10.6 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, many scrambled for cover. It was the second strong earthquake to hit the area in less than 48 hours.

The immediate damage it caused was very clear. Stores had broken bottles and exploded cans littering their floors and other items that had been hanging on walls had toppled over.

As the sun rose the next day, it also became clear that the area's topography had changed.

Satellite images provided to CNN by Planet Labs, Inc. show a crack has formed in the area close to the epicenter.

NASA's Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team created a co-seismic Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) map, which shows surface displacement caused by the recent major earthquakes in Southern California, including the magnitude 6.4 and the magnitude 7.1 events on July 4 and July 5, 2019, respectively. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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The large crack extends some distance from an area that apparently held water before. The erosion patterns on the desert sand indicate that some of that water was sucked out.

The satellite image isn't the only evidence that the region's topography was changed by the earthquake.

A nearby highway is now shutdown after tremors cracked and moved sections of the roadway.

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