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5.5-magnitude earthquake hits outside of Ridgecrest

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Posted at 6:46 PM, Jun 03, 2020

(KGTV) — A 5.5-magnitude earthquake was reported near the Ridgecrest area late Wednesday.

The quake occurred at about 6:30 p.m. in the Searles Valley area, about 14 miles outside of Ridgecrest, Calif., according to the USGS.

Several smaller earthquakes measuring between 2.6 and 2.9 magnitude in the nearby Trona, Calif., area were recorded after the initial shakeup. A 4.2 magnitude aftershock was also felt in the area around 8 p.m. Wednesday night.

No injuries or major damage were initially reported.

According to the USGS' "Did You Feel It?" map, no San Diego County responses were immediately submitted.

The last major earthquakes to hit near Ridgecrest occurred on July 4 and 5, 2019, when 6.4- and 7.1-magnitude earthquakes jostled the region.