Earthquake: 6.4 magnitude quake rattles Southern California – Los Angeles Times
An 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California Thursday, shaking a widespread area.
The quake was centered in the Searles Valley, a remote area of San Bernardino.
It was unclear of the temblor caused major damage or injuries.
It was the most powerful quake to hit Southern California in years.
Local emergency agencies have been flooded with calls, and officials urged that people only use 911 for emergencies.
“We are very much aware of the significant earthquake that just occurred in Southern California. Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless there are injuries or other dangerous conditions. Don’t call for questions please,” the LAPD said in a statement.
RIDGECREST, Calif. — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook Southern California on Fourth of July morning, the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden said.
The quake hit at 10:33 a.m. PDT was centered in the Searles Valley about 11 miles east of Ridgecrest, about 120 miles northeast of Los Angeles in a remote area of the Mojave Desert.
It was followed by several aftershocks that measured between 2.8 and 4.7 on the Richter Scale.
The quake originally was measured at 6.6 was later downgraded to 6.4. It was was felt as far away as Los Angeles and Las Vegas. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.