A magnitude-6-4 earthquake centered in northwestern San Bernardino County was felt throughout the Inland Empire Thursday, shaking up local residents celebrating the Fourth of July.
The quake, which began at 10:33 a.m., was centered about 7 miles southwest of Searles Valley, part of the Mojave Desert in northwestern San Bernardino County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in Riverside County.
Officials with the San Bernardino County Fire Department tweeted that they were conducting an assessment of the region and “no injuries reported, however buildings and roads have sustained varying degrees of damage.”
Southland public safety agencies were reminding the public not to use 911 for earthquake questions unless they have injuries or dangerous conditions to report.
It was the strongest quake to be felt in Southern California since 1999, according to seismologist Lucy Jones, founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science & Society.
Jones said the quake was not on the San Andreas fault.
“It is an area with a lot of little faults but no long fault,” she tweeted.
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