Magnitude 6.4 quake hits southern California on Independence Day

A robust earthquake shook Southern California, the biggest to hit the area in a decade. First estimated at 6.6 magnitude, the quake has been downgraded to a 6.4, recorded close to the town of Ridgecrest, close to Los Angeles.

The quake was reportedly centered on the distant Searles Valley space in San Bernardino, and was felt from the Mexican border to the northern limits of Nevada, in keeping with a reporter with the LA Times.

Two magnitude four aftershocks had been additionally recorded within the space, in keeping with the United States Geological Survey.

An area fireplace division mentioned it was coping with over two dozen incidents, starting from requests for medical help to construction fires in and round Ridgecrest.

Local emergency response businesses have been overwhelmed with calls, prompting the Los Angeles Police Department to request that residents solely name with real emergencies.

The earthquake is the biggest to hit Southern California for the reason that 7.1 magnitude Hector Mine quake in 1999, which brought about little injury and solely minor accidents, very like Thursday’s tremor. The 1994 Northridge earthquake, which registered a 6.7 magnitude, was way more harmful, killing scores of individuals and inflicting billions of {dollars} in injury.