On Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said Earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck Southern California near the city of Ridgecrest, about 113 miles (175 km) northeast of Los Angeles,
Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breedon that things were falling off buildings and hitting people and the city had felt several aftershocks.
She added there were fires and broken gas lines.
“We are used to earthquakes but we’re not used to this significance,” she said. The city has asked people to care for others, especially the elders, who forms a large part of the city’s population.
She told CNN,
“She had felt many quakes before but “not one like this long rolling” temblor” she told CNN, adding “she was driving in her car when it happened and immediately pulled up her emergency brake.”
The USGS said the earthquake, initially reported at a magnitude of 6.6, was very shallow, just 8.7 km (5.4 miles), which would have extended its effects.
According to the European Earthquake Agency EMSC, the earthquake was felt in a region inhabited by some 20 million people.
A magnitude 6.4 quake is considered strong and is capable of causing severe damage.
The earthquake on Thursday is the largest in southern California since 1994. The magnitude 6.6 Northridge earthquake hit a densely populated area of Los Angeles and caused billions of dollars of damage.
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