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6.4-Magnitude Earthquake and Swarm of Aftershocks Rattle Southern California

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked Southern California on Thursday. Its epicenter was located in a remote region in the Mojave Desert.

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The largest earthquake in two decades rattled Southern California on Thursday morning, shaking communities from Las Vegas to Long Beach and ending a quiet period in the state’s seismic history

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake, the strongest in the region in two decades, hit Southern California on Thursday, causing buildings to shake and rattling nerves on the Independence Day holiday.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A strong earthquake rattled a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on Thursday, rattling nerves on the July 4th holiday and causing some damage in a town near the epicenter amid a swarm of ongoing aftershocks.

The 6.4 magnitude quake struck at 10:33 a.m. in the Mojave Desert, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles, near the town of Ridgecrest, California. It is the strongest quake to hit the region in 20 years.

Kern County authorities said that there had been minor injuries from falling glass and that a nearby dam would be assessed for possible damage. A hospital in Ridgecrest, near the epicenter, was evacuated so it, too, could be inspected for possible structural damage, police said.

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President Donald Trump said on Twitter that he had been briefed on the earthquake and that “all seems to be very much under control!”

The earthquake was a stark reminder for Californians of the potential dangers from future, stronger earthquakes after several years when they have been relatively rare.

“We expect aftershocks. People should hold tight,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told NBC Los Angeles. It’s a “great time to come up for plan” for the next one, he said.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at 10:34 a.m. local time near Searles Valley, a remote area in San Bernardino County about 170 miles north of Los Angeles and 125 miles east of Bakersfield. 

The agency initially said the magnitude was 6.6 but revised its measure downward.

Southern California was rocked by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake Thursday morning, the US Geological Survey said, with authorities warning that the temblor, the largest in two decades, might not be the day’s last.

The shallow quake struck in the vast desert region of the Searles Valley in San Bernardino County just six miles (10 kilometers) from the town of Ridgecrest at 10:33 a.m. (17:33 GMT), but was felt 160 miles away in Los Angeles and even as far as Las Vegas in the neighboring state of Nevada.

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Local authorities emphasized that the end of the earthquake did not mean residents were yet in the clear, however President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that “All seems to be very much under control!”

Caltech seismologist Lucy Jones told a press conference that residents “will continue having a lot of aftershocks,” adding that dozens had already occurred and that some may be as strong as magnitude five.

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