Largest Earthquake In Decades Rocks Southern California; UPDATE: Fire Department Battling Structure Fires, Evacuations In Place

Posted: Jul 04, 2019 3:37 PM

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California on Thursday, the first major earthquake in more than two decades. 

The earthquake struck Ridgecrest, a remote area of Kern County, about 160 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

More than 40 aftershocks have been felt throughout the area and as far as Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kern County Fire sent out multiple tweets saying they're responding to numerous incidents throughout the area.

Here's one of the structure fires: 

President Trump said he's been briefed on the situation.

Seismologist Lucy Jones told the Los Angeles Times it's possible that even more, bigger earthquakes are possible. The good news, however, is this earthquake took place far enough from the San Andres faults “that any impact on the system will be minimal.”

“This does not make [the Big One] less likely. There is about a 1 in 20 chance that this location will be having an even bigger earthquake in the next few days, that we have not yet seen the biggest earthquake of the sequence,” Jones said.

The last major earthquake that rocked Southern California took place in 1999 with the Hector Mine quake, which was a magnitude 7.1

This is a breaking news story and has been updated with additional information.