A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California on Thursday, July 4th, 2019, the most massive quake to hit the region in two decades. At about 10:33 a.m. a Fourth of July temblor was felt with an epicenter in a remote area near Searles Valley in the Mojave Desert, which is about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles and continued to be felt as far away as Long Beach and Las Vegas.
The quake was the largest in Southern California since the 1994 magnitude 6.6 Northridge quake, the only difference being, the Northridge quake hit the center of a populated area, while Thursday’s quake was located far from a metropolitan area. This earthquake caused some damage near the epicenter but no injuries occured. Los Angeles officials said they have not received reports of any damage in the city. Local emergency phone calls immediately flooded 9-1-1 call centers, while officials urged people in the L.A area to use 9-1-1 for emergencies only.
Although the quake was slow and steady lasting about 30 seconds, a tsunami is not expected, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center. But many aftershocks are expected, according to seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones.
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