4 quake strikes Southern California

4 quake strikes Southern California

"We are used to earthquakes but we're not used to this significance", she told MSNBC.

"The chandeliers are still swinging", she said five minutes after the quake hit at 10:33 a.m. PT.

The long, rolling quake measured 6.4 in magnitude and was centered in the remote Searles Valley area near Ridgecrest in San Bernardino County, over a hundred miles away from Los Angeles.

The Kern County Fire Department said the Ridgecrest Regional hospital was being evacuated in response to the quake.

-Earthquake damage on Trona Rd.

The National Weather Service tweeted that the natural disaster was felt in Las Vegas, adding, "so far no significant damage reports". Fire officials said they were in natural disaster mode as a result of the tremors.

'At this time, the LAPD has not received any reports of damage or calls for service within the City of Los Angeles related to the #earthquake, ' the LA Police Department tweeted.

"The shaking was pretty low and rolling, but it was the longest natural disaster I've felt in Los Angles in my seven years living here", California resident Annie Powers told local news. As a result, officials are urging people to only use 911 for emergencies.

The quake is the largest in southern California since the 1994 magnitude 6.6 Northridge natural disaster, which was centered in a heavily-populated area of Los Angeles and caused billions of dollars of damage, the USGS said, according to Reuters.

Ashleigh Chandler, a helicopter rescue EMT at Fort Irwin, California, said the quake happened as she was getting ready for a July 4th party. "It is an area with a lot of little faults but no long fault", she said.

Jones said the "shake alert" computer system at Caltech's seismic facility gave a 48-second warning that shaking had begun.

Multiple people in San Luis Obispo County reported on social media that they had felt the quake.

There have been at least 58 aftershocks 2.5 or stronger, according to the USGS. Jones said there was a better than 50-percent chance of a larger aftershock in the magnitude-5 area "sometime this afternoon".

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