“A 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked Southern California on Thursday. Its epicentre was in a remote region in the Mojave Desert”
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According to CNN News a rolling 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit a remote area of Southern California between Los Angeles and Las Vegas on Thursday, the most powerful earthquake to shake that region in 20, according to the United States Geological Survey.
Magnitude of the earthquake is 2.5 or greater were recorded with at least 159 aftershocks according to USGS Seismologist Robert Graves. It’s a higher than normal number, but cannot unprecedented, he said. The largest of them were magnitude 4.6
Officials did not immediately report any deaths or major damages in connection with the earthquake.
Noted seismologist Lucy Jones called it a “robust” sequence and said there is a 50% chance of another large earthquake in the next week.
Jones said there is a 1 in 20 chance that a higher earthquake will hit within the next few days.
“It’s certain that this area is going to be shaking a lot today and some of those aftershocks will probably exceed magnitude 5.”
Jones said the quake, named the Searles Valley Quake, was preceded by a magnitude 4.2 foreshock.