6.6 Earthquake ridgecrest California
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California on Thursday, the largest temblor to hit the region in decades.
The 10:33 a.m. quake was centered in the Searles Valley, a remote area of Kern County about 100 miles from Los Angeles.
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.
It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured in the quake, which struck the Los Angeles area shortly after 1 p.m. EST. Its epicenter was located in the desert about 20 miles east of Indian Wells, Calif., far away from major population centers, said Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the United States Geological Survey.
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Fast Facts You Need to Know
- The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California at 10.33am Thursday
- US Geological Survey said the quake started 11 miles from Ridgecrest, California
- Shaking was felt in nearby counties and neighboring states, including Nevada