According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake struck at 10:33 a.m. Pacific time. The earthquake was initially given a magnitude of 6.6, but was later revised to a 6.4. It’s the largest earthquake to hit the region since 1999.
The earthquake was followed by multiple aftershocks in the Ridgecrest and Searles Valley areas, measuring anywhere from magnitude 2.9 to 4.2.
The quake was felt all across the Southland, as far south as Orange County, according to USGS.
According to earthquake expert Dr. Lucy Jones, CalTech received a 48 second warning that the quake was coming, she said at a news conference in Pasadena.
“The earthquake is near China Lake and Ridgecrest, so the area to the east of the southernmost part of the San Andreas Fault…it is a sparsely inhabited area, so the number of people who would have received damage would be much lower,” Jones said.
Kern County Fire Department reported responding to two dozen incidents ranging from structure fires to medical assistance.
San Bernardino County Fire Department reported some damage to roads and buildings.
Los Angeles International Airport reported no damage, with operations running normally. Los Angeles police said they had not received any reports of damage or calls for service within the city of L.A.
In Lancaster, one Twitter user reported people fleeing a movie theater.
“Felt like we were on a turntable,” user Rudio87 wrote.