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6.4 Quake In Kern County Jolted SoCal On Independence Day

6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Southern California
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Southern California
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The strongest earthquake in 20 years shook a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on Thursday, rattling nerves on the July 4th holiday and causing injuries and damage in a town near the epicenter, followed by a swarm of ongoing aftershocks.

The 6.4 magnitude quake struck at 10:33 a.m. in the Mojave Desert, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles, near the town of Ridgecrest, California.
Multiple injuries and two house fires were reported in the town of 28,000. Emergency crews were also dealing with small vegetation fires, gas leaks and reports of cracked roads, said Kern County Fire Chief David Witt.

We get the latest on the quake. 

With files from the Associated Press.


Emily Guerin, reporter at KPCC who’s in Ridgecrest

James Dolan, professor of Earth Sciences at USC, who’s studied the fault system where yesterday’s Ridgecrest earthquake took place

Jacob Margolis, science reporter at KPCC; host of KPCC’s “The Big One: Your Survival Guide” podcast