A magnitude-5.4 earthquake was reported Friday at 4:07 a.m. five miles from Ridgecrest, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The temblor was one of the more powerful of scores of aftershocks following the largest earthquake in two decades in Southern California. That quake on Thursday morning shook communities from Las Vegas to Long Beach and ended a quiet period in the state’s seismic history.Striking at 10:33 a.m., the magnitude-6.4 temblor was centered about 125 miles northeast of Los Angeles in the remote Searles Valley area near where Inyo, San Bernardino and Kern counties meet. It was felt as far away as Ensenada and Mexicali in Mexico, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Reno and Chico, Calif.Authorities said there were no immediate reports of deaths, serious injuries or major infrastructure damage, though emergency responders were still inspecting areas around the city of Ridgecrest. Friday morning’s earthquake occurred 33 miles from California City, 63 miles from … [Read more...] about Earthquake: 5.0 quake reported near Ridgecrest, Calif.
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John Antczak and Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press Updated 8:39 pm PDT, Thursday, July 4, 2019 A strong earthquake shook the Los Angeles area on the morning of July 4, 2019. A strong earthquake shook the Los Angeles area on the morning of July 4, 2019. Photo: USGS Photo: USGS Image 1 of / 35 Caption Close Image 1 of 35 A strong earthquake shook the Los Angeles area on the morning of July 4, 2019. A strong earthquake shook the Los Angeles area on the morning of July 4, 2019. Photo: USGS Strongest earthquake in 20 years rattles Southern California 1 / 35 Back to Gallery LOS ANGELES (AP) — The strongest earthquake in 20 years shook a large swath of Southern California and … [Read more...] about Strongest earthquake in 20 years rattles Southern California
Updated 8:42 pm PDT, Thursday, July 4, 2019 Seismologist Lucy Jones talks during a news conference at the Caltech Seismological Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, July 4, 2019. A strong earthquake rattled a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on Thursday morning, making hanging lamps sway and photo frames on walls shake. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries but a swarm of aftershocks were reported. less Seismologist Lucy Jones talks during a news conference at the Caltech Seismological Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, July 4, 2019. A strong earthquake rattled a large swath of Southern California and ... more Photo: John Antczak, AP Photo: John Antczak, AP Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Image 1 of 13 Seismologist Lucy Jones … [Read more...] about The Latest: Earthquake agency head calls event wakeup call
Associated Press Published 6:32 PM EDT Jul 4, 2019 San Francisco – The strongest earthquake in 20 years shook a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on Thursday, rattling nerves on the July 4th holiday and causing some injuries and damage in a town near the epicenter, followed by a swarm of ongoing aftershocks. The 6.4 magnitude quake struck at 10:33 a.m. in the Mojave Desert, about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles, near the town of Ridgecrest, California. Multiple injuries and two house fires were reported in the town of 28,000. Emergency crews were also dealing with small vegetation fires, gas leaks and reports of cracked roads, said Kern County Fire Chief David Witt. He said 15 patients were evacuated from the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital as a precaution and out of concern for aftershocks. Kern County District Supervisor Mick Gleason told CNN there were some structural issues with the hospital and some patients had to be moved from one ward … [Read more...] about Strongest quake in 20 years rattles Southern California
California is in an earthquake drought.It has been almost four years since the state experienced its last earthquake of magnitude 6 or stronger — in Napa. Southern California felt its last big quake on Easter Sunday 2010, and that shaker was actually centered across the border, causing the most damage in Mexicali.Experts know this calm period will eventually end, with destructive results. They just don’t know when this well-documented geological pattern will shift.“Earthquake rates are quite variable: We have a decade or two where we don’t have many earthquakes, and people expect that’s what California is always like,” said Elizabeth Cochran, seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Eventually, “we’re going to dramatically see a change in earthquake rates.” Scientists have been warning California of seismic dangers, from the Big One on the San Andreas fault to other catastrophes that could come from lesser known faults, like … [Read more...] about California’s in an exceptional earthquake drought. When will it end?