Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes southern California, eyewitnesses report shaking buildings

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes southern California, eyewitnesses report shaking buildings
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  • calendar-gray 04 June 2020

An earthquake of 5.5 magnitude occured in southern California, some 200 kilometres north of Los Angeles, APA reports citing Sputnik.

According to eyewitness reports from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), some building were shaking during the earthquake, and people could "see the walls moving". 

The earthquake was reportedly felt in Ridgecrest, Las Vegas, Barstow, Rosamond and other regions.

The source of the earthquake was 17 kilometres from Searles Valley, California, and 6.9 kilometres deep, according to US Geological Survey data.

​No damage or casualties have been reported. 

California is prone to earthquakes, seeing an average of two or three annually large enough to cause moderate damage. The latest earthquake in the area took place at Ridgecrest in July 2019, with a magnitude of 7.1.

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