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30,000 aftershocks set to hit California

Torn apart: State route 178 outside Ridgecrest PICTURE: GETTY

TWO major earthquakes that hit southern California last week were a ‘wake-up call’, the state’s governor has warned.

Gavin Newsom said that alert systems and building codes must be strengthened, and residents should make sure they know how to protect themselves during a quake.

Friday’s 7.1-magnitude quake, which shook an area from Sacramento to Mexico, was the largest to hit southern California in nearly 20 years. Officials fear up to 30,000 aftershocks in the next six months.

There were no fatalities but it caused damage to buildings, roads and rail lines estimated at more than £80million.