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Magnitude 6.4 earthquake shakes Southern California, including Los Angeles

Posted at 12:47 PM, Jul 04, 2019

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook parts of Southern California on Thursday, with the earthquake being felt in the Los Angeles area.

The earthquake's epicenter was 11 miles from Ridgecrest, California, which is just west of the Mojave Desert. The USGS said the earthquake's epicenter was 90 miles from Bakersfield, California, and 120 miles from Los Angeles.

The USGS warned that a number of aftershocks are likely in the region. The USGS added that there is a 5% chance that an even larger earthquake could hit in the coming hours or days.

The earthquake was reportedly felt all along the Southern California coast. The earthquake was also reportedly felt in Las Vegas.

The Los Angeles Police said that there have been no reports within the city of damage or injuries.

Closer to the epicenter, first responders have been dispatched. Kern County, California's fire department said it is working nearly 2 dozens incidents ranging from medical assistance to structure fires in and around the city of Ridgecrest, CA.

At a 6.4 magnitude, the earthquake would mark the strongest to strike California since 2010. It would also mark the strongest quake to hit the US since last year's 7.0 magnitude quake that caused damage in and around Anchorage, Alaska.