LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A robust earthquake of magnitude 6.four struck Southern California close to town of Ridgecrest, about 113 miles (175 km) northeast of Los Angeles, the U.S. Geological Survey stated on Thursday.
The USGS stated the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.6, was very shallow – solely 5.four miles (eight.7 km) – which might have amplified its impact.
There have been no speedy studies of accidents or injury from the quake that struck round 1:30 pm EDT in an space on the sting of Dying Valley Nationwide Park.
The temblor was felt all through Los Angeles, as far north as Fresno and even in Las Vegas, Nevada, to the east. It was shortly adopted by a number of smaller aftershocks within the space.
Based on European quake company EMSC, the quake was felt in an space inhabited by some 20 million individuals.
The epicenter was very near Ridgecrest, a city with a inhabitants of greater than 27,600 within the excessive desert. The world is related to the Japanese California Shear Zone and has suffered earthquake swarms prior to now, together with a collection of some 2,500 tremors over the course of 5 weeks in the summertime of 1995.
USGS seismologist Lucy Jones stated on CNN the world could be hit by many aftershocks within the coming days, and will even be hit by a bigger quake.
Authorities within the Ridgecrest space couldn’t be reached instantly for remark.
Thursday’s quake is the most important in Southern California since 1994 magnitude 6.6 Northridge earthquake, which was centered in a closely populated space of Los Angeles and induced billions of of harm.
Reporting by Sandra Maler in Washington; Writing by Invoice Tarrant; enhancing by Jonathan Oatis, Frank McGurty and Sandra Maler