Magnitude 6.6 quake hits southern California on Independence Day

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Published time: 4 Jul, 2019 17:44 Edited time: 4 Jul, 2019 18:14

A strong earthquake shook Southern California, the largest to hit the region in decades. First estimated at 6.6 magnitude, the quake has been downgraded to a 6.4, recorded near the city of Ridgecrest, near Los Angeles.

The quake was reportedly centered on the remote Searles Valley area in San Bernardino.

Two magnitude 4 aftershocks were also recorded in the area, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The tremor was felt from the Mexican border to the northern limits of Nevada, according to a reporter with the LA Times.

It is unclear if there were any injuries in the quake, but local emergency response agencies have been overwhelmed with calls.

The the Los Angeles Police Department requested that residents only call with genuine emergencies.

The earthquake is the largest to hit Southern California since the 6.6 magnitude Northridge quake in 1994, which caused billions of dollars in damage and killed scores of people. The previous quake struck a far more populated area than Thursday’s.

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Magnitude 6.6 quake hits southern California on Independence Day

A strong earthquake shook Southern California, the largest to hit the region in decades. First estimated at 6.6 magnitude, the quake has been downgraded to a 6.4, recorded near the city of Ridgecrest, near Los Angeles. The quake was reportedly centered on the remote Searles Valley area in San Bernardino.

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