Published: Fri, July 05, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

4-magnitude quake shakes Southern California

4-magnitude quake shakes Southern California

Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breeden said the city was dealing with fires and broken gas lines, as well as falling objects that hit people, as the city endured many aftershocks.

She said the local senior center was holding a July 4th event when the quake hit and everyone made it out shaken up but without injuries, she said.

A powerful quake of magnitude 6.4 struck Southern California near the city of Ridgecrest, some 200 miles (320 km) northeast of Los Angeles, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Thursday. It would also mark the strongest quake to hit the USA since last year's 7.0 magnitude quake that caused damage in and around Anchorage, Alaska. She expects more throughout the day.

The Los Angeles Times reports that this quake is the largest that southern California has experienced since 1994, when a 6.6 magnitude natural disaster struck in Northridge where dozens were killed and billions of damage occurred.

A 6.4 quake occurred near Searless Valley, Calif., according to the USGS.

She said vigorous aftershocks were occurring and that she wouldn't be surprised if a magnitude 5 quake hit but that they were striking in a remote area, sparsely populated area.

Reports of scattered damage, including rock slides and fires, rolled in by midday.

The LA Times reveals Los Angeles officials have gotten no reports of any major 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.

The Kern County Fire Department says it is sending search and rescue teams to the town of 28,000 people.

While California is the most populous state in the USA, the quake was located in a sparsely populated portion of the Mojave Desert.

The temblor, which struck in an area on the edge of Death Valley National Park, was felt throughout Los Angeles, as far north as Fresno, and as far east as Las Vegas, Nevada.

The City of Santa Barbara initiated quake protocol and all stations report no damage, but many report feeling it throughout Santa Barbara County.

It was felt in central Los Angeles as a long, rolling quake, making buildings rock back and forth for at least several seconds. Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is asking people not to call 911 and ask if there was an quake.

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