• Ridgecrest and surrounding areas were rocked by a 6.4 earthquake
  • It was the largest earthquake in California since the 1994 6.6 earthquake in Northridge
  • At least 10 to 20 minor injuries were reported in Ridgecrest which was closest to the epicentre

On Independence Day residents of Los Angeles were rocked by an unexpected 6.4 earthquake, even though Ridgecrest was closest to the epicentre. The quake was felt from the desert to the Pacific coast in southern California, according to reports.

What Happened

Buildings shook and swayed as a powerful earthquake ripped through the area. Preliminary measurements put the magnitude at a 6.6 but it has since been revised down to a 6.4. At least four aftershocks followed measuring 4.7, 3.5, 3.8 and 4.2 magnitudes. This was the largest earthquake the area has seen since the 1994 6.6 Northridge quake that killed dozens and caused billions in damages.

Videos Of The Earthquake On Social Media

Ridgecrest, being the closest to the epicentre, took the worst hit. The hospital was evacuated due to structural damage and there is currently at least 10 to 20 minor injuries being reported. Twitter users uploaded videos of the massive earthquake while it was happening.

Videos From Los Angles

In Los Angeles Twitter users uploaded videos showing the earthquakes effects on their pools and light fixtures. It does not appear the area had anywhere close to the hit Ridgecrest took.

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