LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) - A magnitude-6.4 earthquake was felt throughout the Southland today, shaking up local residents celebrating the Fourth of July.
According to Kern County Fire on Twitter:
Emergency Alert. Another possible earthquake has been predicted within the next 15 minutes in or near Kern County.
Emergency Alert. Another possible earthquake has been predicted within the next 15 minutes in or near Kern County— Kern County Fire (@kerncountyfire) July 4, 2019
#EarthquakeResponse Update. We can confirm evacuations are underway @ Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department is sending a battalion chief and a task force to Ridgecrest, near Bakersfield, to assist the Kern County Fire Department in earthquake recovery efforts, according to fire authorities.
The quake, which began at 10:33 a.m., was centered about 10 miles from Ridgecrest, near the San Bernardino County and Kern County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in Los Angeles or Orange County.
The Los Angeles Fire Department reported that "all 106 fire stations are out conducting a strategic survey of their districts to determine if any damage exists. Once this process is complete, an overall assessment of the impact in the City of Los Angeles will be compiled".
Southland police agencies were reminding the public not to use 911 for earthquake questions unless they have injuries or dangerous conditions to report.
We felt the earthquake, did you? Please only use 911 to report emergencies. Non emergencies in the City of Los Angeles use 877-ASK-LAPD.
We felt the earthquake, did you? Please only use 911 to report emergencies. Non emergencies in the City of Los Angeles use 877-ASK-LAPD.— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 4, 2019
Officials with the San Bernardino County Fire Department tweeted that they were conducting an assessment of the region and "no injuries reported, however buildings and roads have sustained varying degrees of damage."
It was the strongest quake to be felt in Southern California since 1999, according to seismologist Lucy Jones, founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science & Society.
Jones said the quake was not on the San Andreas fault. "It is an area with a lot of little faults but no long fault," she tweeted.
Been fully briefed on earthquake in Southern California. All seems to be very much under control!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 4, 2019
'Been fully briefed on earthquake in Southern California. All seems to be very much under control!'
People all over the southland are sharing their videos of the quake on social media:
My dads liquor store in Ridgecrest (11 miles from the earthquake)
My dads liquor store in Ridgecrest (11 miles from the earthquake) 🥴 pic.twitter.com/4RC0mY3eha— Zomo (@zomo_abd) July 4, 2019
Here’s a little better video of the smoke damage coming from the area and I’ll post a picture of the house that I saw close on the news.. I couldn’t get any closer than that showing that it’s still on fire down the street here in Ridgecrest!#Earthquake #Aftermath #Aftershock‘s #Crazy #Wow #Fire #4July #HappyIndependenceDay!
City News Services contributed to this report