BY JUSTIN CARISSIMO, CBS News,
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California on Thursday, the largest to hit the region since 1999, officials said. The quake struck the city of Ridgecrest, which is located about 160 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
The United States Geological Survey said the quake struck at 10:33 a.m. PT. The earthquake was initially given a magnitude of 6.6, but was later revised to 6.4.
Officials said emergency crews were responding to at least 24 medical and fire incidents in the city of Ridgecrest.
Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the United States Geological Survey, said there has already been a high number of aftershocks following the quake. “I think we have already had probably an excess of 20 3.5 [magnitude aftershocks],” Jones said in a news conference.
“I would expect that there will continue to be magnitude 3s every few minutes, as there have been since this earthquake happened and that as those many 3s come through, we’re going to have several 4s,” Jones continued.
She said several minutes before the news conference, she had logged a 4.1 magnitude aftershock.
House catches fire following earthquake
A massive house fire in Ridgecrest was caught on video following the 6.4 magnitude earthquake. It’s unclear what caused the blaze.
The earthquake was followed by dozens of aftershocks in Ridgecrest and Searles Valley, measuring anywhere from magnitude 2.9 to 4.2, according to CBS Los Angeles.
The earthquake is the largest in 20 years
The 6.4 magnitude earthquake is the largest to hit Southern California since 1999, Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the United States Geological Survey said Thursday.
She said the region experienced about eight magnitude 6 earthquakes in the 90s. “This is an extremely quiet, abnormal time. This type of earthquake is much more normal,” Jones said in a news conference.
24 medical and fire incidents in Ridgecrest
Emergency crews were responding to at least 24 medical and fire incidents in the city of Ridgecrest, the Kern County Fire Department said.
No damage reported in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Police Department said it did not receive any reports of damage. “This was a strong one, and a good reminder to be prepared,” the department tweeted.
No injuries reported in San Bernardino
No injuries were immediately reported in San Bernardino County on Thursday, the local fire department said. They said buildings and roads “sustained varying degrees of damage.”