Earthquake: 4.5 quake hits north of Ridgecrest

Earthquake: 4.5 quake hits near Olancha, Calif.
Location of the epicenter of Wednesday afternoon’s quake north of Ridgecrest, Calif.

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake was reported Wednesday afternoon at 5:14 p.m. Pacific time 10 miles from Olancha, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred 39 miles from Ridgecrest, Calif., 63 miles from Porterville, Calif. and 67 miles from Lindsay, Calif.

In the past 10 days, there have been 608 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

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 shallow depth. 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 guide to coping with natural disasters.

This story was automatically generated by Quakebot, a computer application that monitors the latest earthquakes detected by the USGS. A Times editor reviewed the post before it was published. If you’re interested in learning more about the system, visit our list of frequently asked questions.

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