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Trump Says All 'Very Much Under Control' in Southern California After Earthquake

Trump Says All 'Very Much Under Control' in Southern California After Earthquake

Jones said that the 6.4 quake centered near the town of Ridgecrest was preceded by a magnitude 4.2 temblor about a half hour earlier.

There were multiple reports of people feeling the quake in Santa Barbara County, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

CNN reported that there was an initial natural disaster which happened and then four large aftershocks followed, measuring 4.7, 3.5, 3.8 and 4.2 magnitude. It was felt as far away as Long Beach and Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The previous large quake was a 7.1 on that struck in the area on October 16, 1999, she said.

Consequently, Diane Ruggiero, general manager of the Hampton Inn and Suites Ridgecrest in Ridgecrest, tells CNN that the hotel suffered some significant damage.

It hit at 10.34am local time (6.34am NZT).

Los Angeles International Airport said operations are normal as crews inspected runways and terminals.

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department's Division 8, which encompasses Diamond Bar, Hacienda Heights, Industry, Rowland Heights, La Puente, Walnut, Pomona and Valinda, reported that a structure fire possibly ignited from a gas line break due to the quake. It was 6.6 miles below the surface in the Searles Valley, a remote area of Kern County.

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The San Bernardino County Fire Department said it was conducting an assessment as well. The area's high tension power lines are all intact.

Emergency services are dealing with a number of fires in Southern California after the region was hit by its worst quake in 20 years.

Temperatures in the area were expected to climb to almost 37.8C on Thursday, with extremely low humidity, the Weather Channel said.

She said there is a 1 in 20 chance that a bigger quake will hit within the next few days.

The USGS warned on Thursday, cited by CNN, that the area could be struck by more aftershocks in coming days, and could still be hit by a larger tremor.

The natural disaster struck at about 10:30 a.m. local time.

A tsunami is not expected, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center. Officials warned of the possibility of strong aftershocks.

He was called into work at the agency's office in Golden, Colorado.


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