A 6.4 magnitude earthquake rattled Southern California on Thursday morning with dozens of aftershocks following.
The temblor was centered in the Mojave Desert, near the town of Ridgecrest, about 120 miles outside of San Bernardino.
The quake caused evacuations at Ridgecrest Hospital, sparked a number of fires and ruptured gas lines. It also caused multiple injuries and damage at local stores and businesses.
Update 10:40 a.m. EDT July 5: Officials estimate Thursday's earthquake caused between $10 and $100 million worth of damage in Southern California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Dozens of aftershocks rocked the region after the 6.4 magnitude quake struck Thursday around 10:35 a.m. local time. Seismologists with the USGS said residents can expect several smaller earthquakes in the next week, "with 50 to 700 magnitude 3 or higher aftershocks."
Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology's seismology lab, told The Associated Press the earthquake was the strongest since a 7.1 quake struck in the area on October 16, 1999.
The tremblor prompted California Gov. Gavin Newsom to issue an emergency proclamation Thursday in Kern County.
I have approved an emergency proclamation for the earthquake in Kern County and aftershocks.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 4, 2019
Grateful for the work of our first responders, @Cal_OES, and local leaders who have been working closely with the communities impacted by today’s earthquake. https://t.co/UF2m9pWua0
The declaration means that the state will help the county and municipalities in it with emergency aid and recovery efforts.
Update 7:48 a.m. EDT July 5: There were several aftershocks after the initial earthquake, with the largest measuring 5.4 and centered in the Mojave Desert, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The aftershock was felt at 4:07 a.m. local time was roughly 10.8 miles north-northeast of Ridgecrest, KTLA reported.
#Aftershock #earthquake just now. Trying to decide if I am more uncomfortable upstairs or down. This am had a fear of falling through floor; tonight fear of upper floor falling on me. Measured a 5! #californiaearthquake— Angel Burns (@AngelBurnsArt) July 5, 2019
My fellow Southern CA residents, I woke up a little after 4am hearing my building rocking and creaking with crazy ocean wave crashes. It was a 5.4 aftershock from yesterday’s quake. I’m in #AlamitosBeach #SearlesValley again. #AfterShock pic.twitter.com/Z4KTcHSdO3— Janet (@JanetDFoster) July 5, 2019
Update 6:00 p.m. EDT July 4: Officials in Kern County, California, said all Fourth of July festivities in Ridgecrest have been cancelled due to the earthquake Thursday morning, according to news reports.
Officials have also confirmed multiple injuries and at least two house fires connected to the quake, KFSN-TV reported.
Kern County officials have confirmed multiple injuries and at least 2 house fires in #RidgecrestQuake— Rudy Rendon (@RendonRudy) July 4, 2019
Officials are also checking the nearby Isabella dam for damage, KTTV reported.
Update 4:25 p.m. EDT July 4: Aftershocks are rattling the nerves of people in Ridegcrest, California, and the surrounding region.
CNN is reporting as many as 58 aftershocks have followed the 6.4 magnitude quake.
There have been more than 50 aftershocks of magnitude 2.5 or larger after today's 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Southern California, according to a geophysicist https://t.co/LxrdGEMNc2— CNN (@CNN) July 4, 2019
The quake shook stores in Ridgecrest, toppling items from shelves and leaving a mess behind.
Update 3:37 p.m. EDT July 4: There have been more than 40 aftershocks after the initial one, at least 5 have been 4.0 or stronger, NBC News reported.
UPDATE: There have been more than 40 recorded aftershocks after the initial 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Southern California, according to USGS, with at least 5 registering at 4.0 magnitude or higher.— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 4, 2019
Latest: https://t.co/x2UyCOlvdW pic.twitter.com/SO8vrB71qT
Lucy Jones, a seismologist at Caltech, said there is a strong chance of another 5.5 or stronger quake hitting sometime Thursday afternoon.
“We should be expecting lots of aftershocks,” Lucy Jones said. She estimated that there was a “greater than 50-50” chance of an earthquake of magnitude 5.5 or more Thursday afternoon. https://t.co/J4KrN6MrOU— Steve Devol (@stevendevol) July 4, 2019
Update 3:31 p.m. EDT July 4: President Donald Trump has gone to Twitter to confirm he has been briefed, saying it seems to be under control.
Been fully briefed on earthquake in Southern California. All seems to be very much under control!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2019
Update 3:18 p.m. EDT July 4: CNN is reporting President Donald Trump has been briefed on the quake and will continue to monitor the situation.
.@realDonaldTrump has been briefed on the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck California this afternoon. “The President has been briefed on the earthquake in California and will continue to monitor the situation,” @PressSec Stephanie Grisham told CNN https://t.co/Vu4lljCKxZ— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) July 4, 2019
Update 3:09 p.m. EDT July 4: Firefighters were trying to douse flames at a house fire in Ridgecrest, California, one of about two dozen incidents after the quake.
Fire officials say they are working nearly two dozen incidents in and around the city of Ridgecrest, California, following today's earthquake. Follow live updates: https://t.co/egvPjwFYnN pic.twitter.com/QDyjP5AYFz— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) July 4, 2019
The city's mayor said there are five fires burning in the area and there are broken gas lines.
The Mayor of Ridgecrest, California gives @BrookeBCNN an update as she experiences yet another round of earthquake aftershocks: Five fires. Broken Gas Lines. First Responders are deployed.— Maeve Reston (@MaeveReston) July 4, 2019
At the same time, evacuation of some patients has begun at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, KFBK reported.
Ridgecrest Regional Hospital in Kern Co has begun evacuation of at least some patients due to structural damage at the facility from today 6.4 earthquake. pic.twitter.com/NQyzwwx0y8— News 93.1 KFBK (@kfbk) July 4, 2019
Update 2:55 p.m. EDT July 4: There are reports of structure damage at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital and hospital workers may have to evacuate patients, KFBK is reporting.
Officials at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital in Kern Co are assessing earthquake damage to the facility and have advised police they may evacuate patients. pic.twitter.com/xRZx0FHe3C— News 93.1 KFBK (@kfbk) July 4, 2019
It hit around 10:33 a.m. local time, KTLA reported.
The quake was the biggest in Southern California since 1994's 6.6 Northridge quake. That quake killed dozens of people and called billions of dollars in damage, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Today's earthquake was the largest in Southern California since the 1994 6.6 Northridge quake, which killed dozens and caused billions in damage. Northridge hit in the center of a populated area, while this quake was located far from the metropolitan Los Angeles area. pic.twitter.com/nUL66mHvkO— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) July 4, 2019
LIVE ON SD1/CNN GRID1:— CNN Newsource (@CNNNewsource) July 4, 2019
View of Los Angeles, California, following reports of an earthquake. Source: KTLA. pic.twitter.com/Xou4qY8Dt7
Several aftershocks followed the preliminary quake, KCBS reported.
A seismologist at Caltech during a news conference told reporters to expect more aftershocks throughout the day.
At least 25 earthquakes had been felt since 10 a.m. local time, 23ABC News in Bakersfield reported.
Southern Californians took to social media to share what happened when the quake hit. One person said the quake turned his pool into a wave pool.
Others are lamenting on the mess they will have to clean up.
@KTLAnewsdesk From Whittier, Shelving inside garage collapsed from earthquake. What a mess to pick up. Our dogs sensed it before it happened.Everyone ok. #earthquake #ktla #whittierstrong#dogs#messygarage pic.twitter.com/1xuzV8ok08— Bear Chase (@BearChase2) July 4, 2019
My dads liquor store in Ridgecrest (11 miles from the earthquake) 🥴 pic.twitter.com/4RC0mY3eha— Zomo (@zomo_abd) July 4, 2019
Kern County Fire Department said via Twitter that crews responded to about two dozen incidents that range from medical help to fires near Ridgecrest.
#EarthquakeResponse @kerncountyfire resources working nearly 2 dozens incidents ranging from medical assistance to structure fires in and around the city of Ridgecrest, CA. @kerncountyfire Urban Search and Rescue teams en route. #kerncountyfirefighters— Kern County Fire (@kerncountyfire) July 4, 2019
San Bernardino County Fire Department says so far there have been no reports of injuries but there is "varying degrees of damage."
Los Angeles International Airport officials said the airport did not sustain damage and everything is running as expected, KCBS reported.
The quake was also felt as far as Las Vegas, but again no damage or injuries had been reported in the hour after the event.
There have been NO reports of damage or injuries in the Las Vegas area due to the earthquake in Southern California into the Fire & Emergency 9-1-1 Communications Center at @LasVegasFD this morning. PLEASE DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 TO ASK IF THERE WAS AN EARTHQUAKE. EMERGENCIES ONLY! pic.twitter.com/2LgN7z4N3B— Las Vegas FireRescue (@LasVegasFD) July 4, 2019
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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