A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California Thursday morning, shaking a widespread area.
The quake was centered in the Searles Valley, a remote area of San Bernardino. It was unclear if the quake caused any major damage or injuries. Four aftershocks have been felt since the initial quake.
No injuries were immediately reported, but the San Bernardino County Fire Department tweeted that buildings and roads have been damaged in Trona, a remote community located about 10 miles northeast of Ridgecrest. The extent of the damage is not immediately known.
In Ridgecrest, the Kern County Fire Department was responding to nearly two dozen incidents, everything from structure fires to medical assistance, officials said. Search and rescue teams were headed to the area. Ridgecrest Hospital being partially evacuated due to damage.
The Las Angeles Times is reporting that the quake was the “largest in Southern California since the 1994 6.6 Northridge quake, which killed dozens and caused billions of dollars in damage. But the Northridge quake hit in the center of a populated area, while Thursday’s quake was located far from the metropolitan Los Angeles area.”
Local emergency agencies have been flooded with calls and officials urged that people only use 911 for emergencies.
We felt the earthquake, did you? Please only use 911 to report emergencies. Non emergencies in the City of Los Angeles use 877-ASK-LAPD.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 4, 2019
— Rayvon Owen (@RayvonOwen) July 4, 2019
My dads liquor store in Ridgecrest (11 miles from the earthquake) 🥴 pic.twitter.com/4RC0mY3eha
— Zomo (@zomo_abd) July 4, 2019
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) July 4, 2019