Earthquake: Magnitude 4.7 aftershock rattles Ridgecrest, Calif.

Location of a magnitude 4.7 earthquake near Ridgecrest, Calif.
The location of a magnitude 4.7 earthquake Thursday evening near Ridgecrest, Calif.
(Los Angeles Times)

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake was reported Thursday evening at 5:42 p.m. Pacific time 16 miles from Ridgecrest, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred 44 miles from California City, 66 miles from Tehachapi, 68 miles from Bakersfield, and 70 miles from Porterville.

In the last 10 days, there have been 68 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the area July 4 and a 7.1 hit the next day, with thousands of small aftershocks following.

An average of 25 earthquakes with magnitudes between 4.0 and 5.0 occur per year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three-year data sample.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 1.2 miles. Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.


Find out what to do before, and during, an earthquake near you by reading our five-step earthquake preparedness guide.

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