Los Angeles earthquake

7.1 QUAKE TONIGHT NORTHEAST OF RIDGECREST JOLTS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA., SPARKS BRUSH FIRES

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alert Services

July 5, 2019 (Ridgecrest) -- A powerful 7.1 earthquake has struck 11 miles northeast of Ridgecrest tonight at 8:19 p.m., the same area rocked by a 6.4 earthquake yeserday morning. KCFD reports over a dozen small outdoor fires with larger vegetation fires burning north and east of the city. Kern County spokesperson Megan Person confirmed to CNN that fires and multiple injuries have occured. Structure damage is also reported.

Seismologist Lucy Jones tweeted, "There is a 1 in 20 chance of Friday night's magnitude 7.1 earthquake "being followed by somethign even bigger." Earthquake of magnitude 5 are likely and a magnitude 6 is quite possible, she said. 

An 8.5 quake in Chile was once a precursor to a 9.2, a seismic expert in a live press conference held by the Kern County Fire Department stated.

The U.S. Geological Survey originally reported the quake at 7.1, downgraded it to 6.9 and then upgraded it back to 7.1. That's 11 times stronger than the earlier 6.4 quake since the Richter scale is logorhythmic.

Southern California Edison reports some 26,000 customers are without power due to the quake.

Los Angeles Fire Dept. reports downed powerlines in L.A. 

View video of the KTLA newscasters ducking for cover when the quake hit:  https://twitter.com/i/status/1147353969674448896.

In San Bernadino County, the county fire department reports som homes have shifted off their foundations, according to KTLA.

Highway 178 is closed due to a rockslide in Kern County.

QUAKE RATTLES REGION

 

By Miriam Raftery

Nadin Abbott contributed to this report.

March 29, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A 5.1 earthquake centered in La Habra in Los Angeles County rattled southern California shortly after 9 p.m. last night. It was initially reported by the U.S. Geological Survey as a 5.4 shaker but later downgraded to 5.1.

No damage has been reported locally . In Anaheim, rides were stopped at Disneyland as a precaution. Gas leaks and water line breaks were reported in some portions of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  The Los Angeles Times reports that about 50 people are displaced in Fullerton, though overall damage has been minor.