The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a 4.6 magnitude earthquake has rattled the Three Lakes area of Washington state
The quake struck as millions of people in Southern California are on edge and worried about their safety after two large earthquakes and more than 4,000 aftershocks. The powerful, damaging quakes rocked the small desert town of Ridgecrest, 110 miles north of Los Angeles.
Southern California was rocked by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that jolted Kern County and was widely felt around the region as many prepared to celebrate Independence Day on Thursday. Details: http://on.ktla.com/1kmrC
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.
A tsunami warning was in effect Tuesday night in Japan after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake shook a northwestern part of the country.
The earthquake registered off the western coast of Yamagata, roughly 30 miles southwest of the city of Sakata, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency. The shallow quake hit around 6 miles below the sea’s surface.
Date & time: Sun, 12 May 19:24:49 UTC – 4 hours ago
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 8.6°N / 82.79°W (Panama)
Nearest volcano: Baru (41 km)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 6.3*10^13 J (17.5 GWh / 15080 tons of TNT / 0.9 atomic bombs equivalent) [learn more]