(.) – A 6.4 magnitude quake struck California this Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
Initially it had been reported that the magnitude was 6.6.
The quake occurred in the southern part of the state, specifically 12 kilometers southwest of Searles Valley. The epicenter was 8.7 kilometers deep.
According to the USGS, at least 159 aftershocks of magnitude 2.5 and greater have been filed after the main event. The largest had a magnitude of 4.6.
After the quake, no damage has been reported, according to USGS.
“We are evaluating the situation, but there is no damage reported at this time,” says agent Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police.
In a tweet, the Los Angeles airport said: “There are no immediate reports of damage from the quake a few minutes ago, and operations are normal as crews inspect runways and terminals.”
USGS tweeted that the quake was felt in Las Vegas, adding that “so far there are no reports of significant damage.”
The earthquake was also felt in Baja California, Mexico.
So far, no material damage has been reported there, only some cases of nervous breakdown in the border cities of Mexicali (located about 390 kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake) and Tijuana (located about 345 kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake).
The authorities remain vigilant for possible replicas, according to Baja California Civil Protection director Antonio Rosquillas.
Outstanding seismologist Lucy Jones called it a “robust” aftershock series and said there is a 50% chance of another major earthquake in the coming week.
Jones said there is a 1 in 20 chance that a larger earthquake will occur in the coming days. “It is true that this area is going to be shaking a lot today and some of those aftershocks will probably exceed magnitude 5.”
Jones said the earthquake, called Searles Valley Quake, was preceded by a 4.2 magnitude quake.