Southern California rocked by strongest quake in two decades

Southern California rocked by strongest quake in two decadesSouthern California was rocked by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake Thursday morning, the US Geological Survey said, with authorities warning that the temblor, the largest in two decades, might not be the day's last. The shallow quake struck in the vast desert region of the Searles Valley in San Bernardino County just six miles (10 kilometers) from the town of Ridgecrest at 10:33 a.m. (17:33 GMT), but was felt 160 miles away in Los Angeles and even as far as Las Vegas in the neighboring state of Nevada. Caltech seismologist Lucy Jones told a press conference that residents "will continue having a lot of aftershocks," adding that dozens had already occurred and that some may be as strong as magnitude five.




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