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4-magnitude natural disaster hits Southern California, no tsunami expected

Strong earthquake hits Southern California, causing damage

She says the previous large quake was a 7.1 on that struck in the area on October 16, 1999.

At least four large aftershocks, from 3.5 to 4.7 magnitude, and dozens smaller were recorded, officials said.

The quake measured with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck Thursday morning near the town of Ridgecrest, California, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles.

The USGS warned on Thursday, cited by CNN, that the area could be struck by more aftershocks in coming days, and could still be hit by a larger tremor.

"The chandeliers are still swinging", she said five minutes after the quake hit at 10:33 a.m. PT. LAX airport reported that operations are proceeding as normal with no damage. "We have several thousand dollars worth of damage", Wilhorn said.

They said buildings and roads "sustained varying degrees of damage".

Kern County and San Bernardino County appeared to be the most affected areas.

"All 106 fire stations are out conducting a strategic survey of their districts to determine if any damage exists", the fire department said in an alert. The area's high tension power lines are all intact. Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is asking people not to call 911 and ask if there was an natural disaster.

Crews in Ridgecrest, Calif., near the epicenter of the temblor, were working at least 24 incidents ranging from fires to medical calls, the Kern County Fire Department said on Twitter.

She said vigorous aftershocks were occurring and that she wouldn't be surprised if a magnitude 5 quake hit but that they were striking in a remote area, sparsely populated area.

The quake struck at 10:33 a.m. PDT, 11 miles northeast from Ridgecrest and 62 miles northwest of Barstow, the USGS reported.

The ground shook lightly in Las Vegas and Pahrump, according to the National Weather Service. However, emergency agencies have been flooded with calls since the event. "We're getting calls off the hook", research geophysicist William Yeck said.

"It was long enough that I definitely started to wonder if this was the big one".