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New earthquake reported near Ridgecrest, California

Posted at 6:47 AM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 11:05:25-04

A new earthquake has been reported near Ridgecrest, California, according to the USGS.

The 4.9-magnitude earthquake was recorded at 6:11 a.m. The earthquake originated about 5 miles northeast of Ridgecrest. It was followed a couple of minutes later by a 3.1-magnitude earthquake about 5 miles east of Ridgecrest and a 2.5-magnitude quake about 2 miles southwest of Searles Valley.


Residents of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles are reporting that they felt the earthquake there.


A 4.6-magnitude earthquake rattled Seattle, Washington, this morning as well, according to TIME. The quake was felt shortly before 3 a.m. Several smaller aftershocks also hit the region. The epicenter was near Three Lakes, about 35 miles north of Seattle.

According to the Earthquake Magnitude Scale, a 4.9 earthquake falls within the range of "Often felt, but only causes minor damage."

At this time, there have been no reports of damage.

RELATED: Understanding the Ridgecrest, Calif., earthquakes and what comes next

Ridgecrest was hit by 2 significant earthquakes on July 4 and July 5. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake was recorded on July 4 and a 7.1-magnitude quake was recorded on July 5. Both earthquakes were felt as far away as Las Vegas, Nevada, and Phoenix, Arizona. Thousands of aftershocks have been felt since those two earthquakes but this one is the strongest one yet.

The USGS says that the probability of a 7.1 or larger quake is less than 1% now.