The 4th of July got off to a shaky start as a 6.6 magnitude earthquake rattled Southern California on Thursday.
The quake struck at 10:33 12km SW of Searles Valley – which is about 11 miles east-northeast of Ridgecrest, according to the USGS.
Prelim M6.6 Earthquake Southern California Jul-04 17:33 UTC, updates https://t.co/U0QmdQsbaW
— USGS Big Quakes (@USGSBigQuakes) July 4, 2019
The quake was felt just about everywhere in Southern California…and beyond:
Who felt the #earthquake?!
— LA County Sheriff's (@LASDHQ) July 4, 2019
Staying in Palm Springs for the 4th of July week and just experienced my first fairly decent earthquake!!
— Madeline Evans (@MadelineEvansWx) July 4, 2019
Just felt the #earthquake in all the way in Vegas and it was strong enough to wake us up.
Hello I am a journalist now.
— Travis Helwig (@travishelwig) July 4, 2019
— Greg Lee (@abc7greg) July 4, 2019
— Enrique Hernández (@kikehndez) July 4, 2019
Felt it downtown San Diego for sure! My clothes started swaying
— Aly Lewis (@Alewlew101) July 4, 2019
The quake followed a 4.2 earthquake that struck Ridgecrest at 10:03 am.
A M6.6 near Ridgecrest. The M4.2 a half hour before was a foreshock. This area had lots of M5+s in the 198os. More soon
— Dr. Lucy Jones (@DrLucyJones) July 4, 2019