Magnitude 7.1 earthquake follows yesterday's 6.4 earthquake in same area of southern California

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      There's been another large seismic event in the most heavily populated state in America.

      At 8:19 p.m., a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck 17 kilometres from Ridgecrest, California.

      CNN has reported that several fires and injuries have been reported in the community.

      Building foundations are cracked and as the earthquake was happening, people ran out of buildings.

      Ridgecrest is about 240 kilometres from Los Angeles, which has experienced power outages.

      It comes a day after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake

      Tonight's quake occurred while the Los Angeles Dodgers were playing the San Diego Padres.

      Dodger Stadium swayed for about 30 seconds.

      Images being passed around over Twitter show that there was a whole lot of shaking going on in Los Angeles.

      Earlier today, there were three offshore earthquakes in rapid succession off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. 

      The most powerful registered 5.6 by the U.S. Geological Survey, though Earthquakes Canada only pegged it at 5.1.

      There were 6.2- and 4.0-magnitude quakes two days earlier in the same area.