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Strongest Quake in Decades Rattled Southern California
By Staff, Agencies
The southern California city of Ridgecrest was the epicenter of a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Thursday, with tremors hitting the cities of Los Angeles and Las Vegas in neighboring Nevada and causing the state's governor to declare a state of emergency in the area.
Only minor casualties have been reported, with the quake taking place in low-density area around 240 kilometers northeast of LA. Local emergency crews were reportedly responding to around 25 incidents in and around Ridgecrest which included a mix of medical and fire emergencies.
The magnitude was the largest in the region since 1994, when a 6.6 quake hit an area closer to Los Angeles, causing billions of dollars in damages.
In 2014, a 6.0 earthquake hit northern California, in the Napa Valley close to San Francisco, causing fires and damage.
The incident comes as the country celebrates the national July 4th holiday. Donald Trump said on Twitter he had been fully briefed and "all seems very much under control."
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