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UPDATE: People pick up pieces after big earthquake, ground rattles again

5.4 magnitude temblor felt early Friday morning
Posted at 11:18 AM, Jul 04, 2019

UPDATE JULY 5, 5:00 A.M.: The United States Geological Survey says a preliminary 5.4 magnitude earthquake centered in the Mojave Desert near Searles Valley California struck around 4:07 a.m.

The earthquake comes just 16 hours after a much larger 6.4 magnitude jolt rocked the same area causing damage and forced a regional hospital to close.

The cleanup in the community of Ridgecrest continues and for some it will be a long time before everything is back to normal.

RELATED: California hit with powerful aftershocks after earthquake

"Everything started falling down, even the [cooler] doors open the doors and everything inside the doors fell on the floor," said Feras Bidar, part-owner of 1-Stop Market in Ridgecrest.

Bidar says his convenience store was hit hard and suffered up to $10,000 in damages and lost product.

"I don't know what to do," Bidar told 13 Investigates.

Bidar said his insurance company said they will not be covering the earthquake damage.

UPDATE 7:15 P.M.: Authorities say to be prepared for aftershocks for the next 24 hours following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that shook parts of Southern California, and was felt in parts of the Las Vegas valley, shortly after 10:30 this morning.

Kern County Fire Department Chief David Witt shared an updated from Bakersfield, CA.


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- A 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook parts of Southern California at 10:33 a.m. Thursday and the earthquake could be felt by residents in the Las Vegas area.

The earthquake's epicenter was 11 miles from Ridgecrest, California, and 90 miles from Bakersfield, California, according to the USGS. That puts the epicenter just over 220 miles from Las Vegas. USGS has a map that shows just how far-reaching the impact of the earthquake was felt throughout the regions.

Dozens of aftershocks are currently being felt in the area around the epicenter. 13 Action News reporter Sean DeLancey spoke to an expert, USGS Scientist Paul Caruso, who says that we may be feeling the effects of the earthquake for a while:

The 6.4 magnitude earthquake marks the strongest to strike California since 2010.

RELATED: Moderate earthquake shakes Southern California, including Los Angeles

There have been no reports of damage or injury in the Las Vegas area. Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is asking people not to call 911 and ask if there was an earthquake. People should only call if there is an actual emergency.

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