Strong quake shakes Southern California; no immediate reports of damage

Friday, 05 Jul, 2019

She says everyone made it out shaken up but without injuries.

A strong magnitude 6.4 natural disaster hit southern California near the city of Ridgecrest, about 113 miles (175 km) northeast of Los Angeles, the US Geological Survey said on Thursday. This is believed to be the strongest quake to hit southern California since 1999.

So far, at least four aftershocks have been recorded, measuring with a magnitude of 4.7, 3.5, 3.8 and 4.2.

Ashleigh Chandler, a helicopter rescue EMT at Fort Irwin, Calif., told the Associated Press the quake happened as she was getting ready for an Independence Day party.

This morning, Southern California was hit with reports of an natural disaster about 150 miles from Los Angeles.

USGS seismologist Lucy Jones said more than 80 aftershocks have hit the area in the hours since the initial quake.

Jones said the quake was preceded by magnitude 4.2 temblor about 30 minutes before, which she called a foreshock. Ridgecrest Regional Hospital was being evacuated.

There have been no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Kern County Fire Department said it was responding to at least 24 emergency called ranging from medical assistance to fires in and around the city of Ridgecrest. All highways in San Bernardino County remain open.

A quake of magnitude 6 to 7 can cause severe damage.

The quake started at 10:35 a.m. and centered in Searles Valley about 121 miles from Los Angeles, KTLA reports.

Located along a number of major fault lines, Southern California is historically prone to earthquakes. It was felt as far away as Long Beach and Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Southland police agencies were reminding the public not to use 911 for quake questions unless they have injuries or risky conditions to report.

She added, "This is a large enough quake that it probably did break through to the surface of the earth".

By now, most attractions have since reopened with no damage reported, although we're sure the squirrels are still quite shocked.