Southern California rocked by magnitude 6.4 natural disaster

Saul Bowman
July 5, 2019

At around 10:33 a.m., a 6.4 to 6.6 magnitude quake centered southwest of Searles Valley rocked the region.

The powerful natural disaster struck near the city of Ridgecrest, about 175km northeast of Los Angeles, on Thursday.

"We haven't received any reports of damages or concerns so far", said Lt. Eric Lasko with the SCV Sheriff's Station.

CNN reported that there was an initial quake which happened and then four large aftershocks followed, measuring 4.7, 3.5, 3.8 and 4.2 magnitude.

This morning's temblor, which was felt as far as Los Angeles, was quickly followed by several smaller aftershocks in the area.

According to European quake agency EMSC, the area affected by the quake is inhabited by about 20 million people.

Diane Ruggiero, general manager of the Hampton Inn and Suites Ridgecrest in Ridgecrest, told CNN's Paul Vercammen that the hotel has significant damage.

A magnitude 6-4 natural disaster was felt throughout the Southland Thursday, shaking up local residents celebrating the Fourth of July. "Operations remain normal", it tweeted.

"We have no reports of damage to any FAA facilities or operational effects from the quake at this time", FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

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

Peggy Breeden, the mayor of Ridgecrest, a town of 28,000 people, said firefighters were working to put out five fires, at least one of them at a home, but that she didn't know if any injuries had been reported.

Kern County and San Bernardino County appeared to be the most affected areas. All highways in San Bernardino County remain open.

A fire is seen following an quake in Ridgecrest, California, U.S. July 4, 2019 in this still image taken from social media video.

The scientist said: "If the daily probability of the Big One was 50/50, then the chance it would happen in the next week would be greater than 99 percent".

Two magnitude 4 aftershocks were also recorded in the area, according to the United States Geological Survey. "Don't call for questions please", the LAPD said in a statement.

The natural disaster struck at 10:33 a.m. PDT, 11 miles northeast from Ridgecrest and 62 miles northwest of Barstow, the USGS reported.

The forecasted high temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the National Weather Service said.

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