UPDATE: Hours after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Southern California this morning near Ridgecrest, the area’s Kern County Fire Department warned of another possible quake in the region today. The fire department offered no specifics; officials and experts have been predicting aftershocks all day.
Though no immediate damage or injuries were reported in L.A., the Kern County Fire Department covering the Ridgecrest area reported nearly two dozen incidents “ranging from medical assistance to structure fires in and around the city of Ridgecrest, CA.”
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, just hours away from his Salute To America event, has been briefed on the quake, tweeting, “All seems to be very much under control!”
The estimated 6.4 magnitude quake hit around 9.36 a.m. local time with an epicenter 10 miles from Ridgecrest in San Bernadino, around 140 miles east of Los Angeles. The earthquake hit SoCal as the state geared up for the July 4th holiday.
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The quake initially was estimated at 6.6 magnitude, and even though downgraded to 6.4 it remains the largest Southern California quake in 20 years. The initial 6.6 would have put it on par with the destructive Northridge earthquake of 1994. A 7.1 quake hit the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base in 1999.
No damage or injuries were immediately reported in L.A. today. Aftershocks are expected in the region throughout the day, possibly weeks.
No interruptions were reported at LAX.
The tremors were felt in LA, with a number of industry and celebs posting on the shock waves. At least five aftershocks were felt by early afternoon at the quake’s center near Ridgecrest in San Bernardino County, about 125 miles from L.A.
Later, the Kern County Fire Department reported the evacuation of the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital due to possible structural damage.
After the quake hit, Hollywood celebrities took to Twitter.
Trevor Noah said on social media, “That earthquake was not fun…”
Actress Lucy Hale tweeted, “I know everyone’s tweeting about this LA earthquake but that sh*t was super long. I’m shook. Literally.”
Apple acquisitions exec Matt Dentler also said it was the biggest quake he’d felt in seven years of living in the city.
Here’s the official LAPD statement issued just before noon:
“In light of the recent earthquake, the Los Angeles Police Department is working with the Los Angeles Fire Department and other city agencies to address any public safety matters. The earthquake was centered in the Searles Valley area located approximately 160 miles east of Los Angeles and at this time, there are not any reports of serious damage to City infrastructure, nor have any injuries been reported in Los Angeles.”
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