Thursday, August 22, 2019

5.0 Magnitude Hits California Near Ridgecrest - Felt In Las Vegas

Magnitude-5.0 Earthquake Rattles Little Lake Area, 20 Miles From Ridgecrest

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake shook the Little Lake, California, area Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. 
More than 600 people reported feeling the shaking in the area, according to the U.S.G.S.
At least 12 aftershocks at varying magnitudes were reported in Little Lake, Ridgecrest and California City.  The largest magnitude aftershock came in at 2.6. 
Ridgecrest is about 20 miles northeast from where the magnitude-5.0 quake struck.

In July, Ridgecrest was struck by a magnitude-6.4 earthquake on July 4, followed by a 7.1 temblor the next day. 
You can download the ShakeAlert app, which just underwent changes in light of the Ridgecrest quakes.

A magnitude 5 earthquake jolted the California desert Thursday – and it was felt as far as Sin City.
Clark County officials in Southern Nevada reported on social media that some employees felt the aftershocks in downtown Las Vegas.
The U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday’s quake occurred at 1:49 p.m. and was centered 19.8 miles north of the small city of Ridgecrest.
The magnitude 7.1 quake on July 5 and a magnitude 6.4 foreshock the day before strongly shook the same region and were felt more than 100 miles away.
Las Vegas tourists and residents eating at restaurants, sitting in the stands at sporting events and unwinding at home delivered Twitter dispatches following aftershocks of what is now considered the largest Southern California quake in at least 20 years.
Damage from those temblors occurred to facilities on the sprawling Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake as well as in the nearby communities of Trona and Ridgecrest.
Among the many aftershocks, a handful have reached the magnitude-5 level.

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