PICS: Satellite images show actual crack in surface of the Earth

On 5 July 2019, a massive earthquake of 7.1 magnitude on the Richter scale hit California's Ridgecrest area. The quake was so severe that it ripped open the earth, creating a crevice so significant it can now be seen from space via satellite. 

Tremors were felt as far east as Phoenix and as far north as Sacramento, says Travel and Leisure. This has been the biggest earthquake in the area since the 1999 Hector Mine earthquake of similar strength. 

Though thin, the crack can be spotted from space in a desert area devoid of much infrastructure. 

READ: Tulbagh Remembers: It's been 50 years since South Africa's worst earthquake 

The Independent reports that after shocks of up to 6.4 magnitude was felt, particularly in the Mojave Desert area, causing the closure of roads and highways. 

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