Another strong earthquake hits Southern California

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According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Southern California at 5:19 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time.  The quake was centered near Ridgecrest, California.  So far, there have been no reports of serious damage or injuries.  USGS officials said the inland temblor did not present a tsunami threat to the State of Hawaii.

Here is the initial report from the “Honolulu-Star-Advertiser”:

“The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at 8:19 p.m. Friday (5:19 p.m. Hawaii time) and was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest, where a magnitude 6.4 quake struck on Thursday.

The agency initially said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.1.

The quake was felt downtown as a rolling motion that seemed to last at least a half-minute. It was felt as far away as Las Vegas, and the USGS says it also was felt in Mexico.

If the preliminary magnitude is correct, it would be the largest Southern California quake in 20 years.”

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