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A California earthquake, painting Sudan blue, shattering temperature records. Your BuzzFeed News newsletter, July 8.

Posted on July 8, 2019, at 8:05 a.m. ET

Another big California quake caused fires and had news anchors going under their desk live on TV

On Friday night, Southern California was rocked by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake — a quake that came 24 hours after the region had its strongest tremor in 20 years.

A state official said the quake was “felt widely throughout most of Southern California... The shaking intensity was very significant.” There are “minor to moderate” injuries but no reports of fatalities.

As the region deals with the aftermath, Californians are wondering whether the feared “Big One”— a magnitude 8 quake along the San Andreas Fault — has become more or less likely.

While one quake makes the arrival of other quakes more likely, this applies to connected fault systems. Friday’s quake happened on a system of relatively small faults.

Pundits sometimes say that a big quake in Southern California is “overdue.” But in fact, there’s no way to predict the timing of quakes.

Chad Mayes / AP

The US just won the Women’s World Cup for the fourth time

The US Women’s team defeated the Netherlands 2-0 to become world champions, defending their title and becoming the first country to win four World Cup championships.

With goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle, the US brought their tally up to 26 goals during the competition, also a World Cup record.

Immediately after the victory, the crowd in France's Stade de Lyon began chanting “Equal pay! Equal pay!”, a reminder that the team that delivered a world championship is embroiled in a battle to be treated equally.

Francisco Seco / AP


Europe’s heatwave fried the global temperature record. An intense five-day heat wave that left Europe sweltering last month made it the hottest ever June for the continent — and the world. One scientist described it this way: “Temperature records haven’t just been broken — they have been obliterated.”

The body of missing Utah college student Mackenzie Lueck has been found. Salt Lake City police announced they have located and identified the body of the 23-year-old college student after she went missing in June. Ayoola Ajayi, 31, had been taken into custody last week and charged with Lueck's murder.

Here are all the businesses you didn’t know were owned by Amazon. Goodreads; IMDb; Whole Foods; So, so many others. Here’s a full list of all the businesses that Amazon owns (that we know of).

Disney star Cameron Boyce has died at age 20. The actor, best known for his roles in the Disney show Jessie and the franchise Descendants, died on Saturday morning. A spokesperson said he passed away in his sleep due to a seizure from an ongoing medical condition.

Harry and Meghan’s son Archie was christened and the photos are so beautiful. Two-month-old Archie was christened in a “small private ceremony” in Windsor Castle. Look at how lovely this is:

Chris Allerton / @SussexRoyal

People in Sudan don’t know you changed your profile picture to blue, but graffiti is helping to spread the word.

In June, Sudan’s security forces cracked down on protesters, killing more than 100 and injuring at least 600. In the wake of the brutal violence, the hashtag #Bluefor Sudan went viral around the world.

One person killed in the violence was 26-year-old Mohamed Hashim Mattar. His social media photo was deep turquoise blue, so to honor him — and the lives of others killed — his friends changed their profile photos blue, and encouraged the world to join. The campaign quickly spread, and gained support from celebrities like Rihanna and Cardi B.

But inside Sudan, where the government often shuts off the internet, few had heard of the campaign or the global support. So Assil Diab, a Sudanese graffiti artist, took it upon herself to paint the town blue.

We followed Diab through Khartoum as she bridged the gap between Sudanese people and the rest of the world, painting her graffiti while trying not to draw the attention of security forces stationed at every other corner.

Halle Bailey’s casting as Ariel in The Little Mermaid has inspired some incredible fan art

Last week, Disney announced that Bailey will star in the live action version of the iconic film, to be directed by Rob Marshall.

Immediately, the internet was flooded with stunning art imagining Bailey as Ariel. We collected some of the best of the fan art — this one was my favorite:

Nilah Macgruder

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