Independence Day earthquake strikes Southland, aftershocks continue Friday


A rolling earthquake was felt throughout the Southland just after 10:30 a.m. on Independence Day. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 4.7 quake 10 kilometers northeast of Ridgecrest, California and a 6.6 quake 12 kilometers southwest of Searles Valley, California.

The quakes were followed by a magnitude 5.4 aftershock in Ridgecrest. Several temblors greater than 3 magnitude hit the same region earlier this morning.

Then, at 5:38 a.m., a 4.1-magnitude aftershock struck, again at a depth of 4.3 miles, 9.4 miles West of Searles Valley, according to a computer-generated USGS report. It was followed 17 minutes later by a 3.7-magnitude temblor that hit at a depth of 3.7 miles.

There were no reports of injuries or damages stemming from the latest aftershocks.

Following the quakes firefighters from all 106 Los Angeles Fire Department stations began surveying their districts for damage, LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. No damage was found, and the LAFD resumed normal operations, she said.


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