A 5.5 magnitude earthquake recorded Wednesday evening near Ridgecrest was widely felt throughout Southern California, including Riverside and the Coachella Valley.
The temblor, which struck at 6:32 p.m., was an aftershock to a series of quakes that occurred in the Ridgecrest area last July 4 and 5, the largest of which had a magnitude of 7.1, said seismologist Lucy Jones, formerly of the U.S. Geological Survey.
“These are common,” she tweeted.
Caltech seismologist Zachary Ross said in a Twitter post that Wednesday evening’s quake is considered an aftershock “because the rate of events per day is still way above the rate before the (July) sequence started.”
The quake was centered 13.6 miles east of Ridgecrest, which is in Kern County, and 10.5 miles south of Searles Valley in the Mojave Desert in northwestern San Bernardino County.
Several more shakers in the magnitude 3.0 range were recorded within an hour of the 5.5 magnitude temblor.
There were no immediate reports of damage.