RIDGECREST, CA – Early Friday morning, residents of Kern County, a town near Ridgecrest were hit with yet another earthquake.
This time the earthquake measured at 4.9. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it began at 6:11 a.m. near the Mojave Desert, just 5 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, and approximately 160 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
There are still no details on the damaged caused yet. However, reports state that it struck a depth of 6.02 miles. The earthquake could be felt from Fresno, Las Vegas, and San Diego.
Ridgecrest has suffered a lot over the past week. Residents were hit with a fault rupture after two large earthquakes slammed the area. A 6.4 magnitude struck the town on July 4. The next day an earthquake measuring at 7.1 occurred. It’s been 20 years since Southern California has experienced an earthquake of this size.
Fortunately, there have been no deaths reported. However, the damage remains. Roads need repair and gas lines have split in many areas. Several homes and businesses have been destroyed as well. Additionally, in San Bernardino County some were even left without water for days.
Given the recent earthquake activity, expert seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones said today’s quake was nothing out of the ordinary. There have been numerous aftershocks throughout the week that will likely continue.
In a twitter post Jones issued a statement to all SoCal residents. “Remember, we said that the relative number of large magnitude quakes is constant, and more M5s in the sequence would be normal. This morning’s M4.9 is normal and it’s having its own aftershocks,” she tweeted.
The USGS has reported more than 4,700 quakes that have occurred since July 4.