California hit by 4.6-magnitude earthquake with tremors felt in LA County & officials warning of aftershocks | The Sun

A MAGNITUDE 4.6 earthquake has rocked parts of California and witnesses claimed that tremors were felt in LA County.

Experts are warning of aftershocks after the quake struck the city of Ridgecrest just after 6pm local time on July 14.

Seismologists said the quake's depth was 6.5km and tremors were felt in the cities of Victorville and Barstow, according to ABC7.

Locals claimed tremors were felt in Bakersfield, Long Beach, and Big Bear City, Mercury News reports.

The quake was the largest to rock California for six months.

The epicenter was just four miles from that of the 7.1 quake that rocked Ridgecrest during the July 4 holiday weekend in 2019.

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No injuries or fatalities have been reported.

Seismologist Lucy Jones tweeted: “Today's M4.6 is an aftershock to the 2019 M7.1 Ridgecrest earthquake.

“Aftershock sequences to M≥7s last for years or even decades.

“They follow a "hyperbolic decay" meaning the number drops off quickly and then continues with a long, slowly decaying tail.”

California has been rocked by several earthquakes in recent months.

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In June, a 4.1 magnitude quake jolted California and tremors were felt across the Bay Area.

The quake's origin was on the Concord-Green Valley Fault and came at a depth of over 12 miles.

Six aftershocks were reported – hours after the initial tremor.

In May, LA was rocked by a 4.3 magnitude earthquake.

It hit near the town of Trona, triggering the state's alert system, according to The United States Geological Survey.

On average, Los Angeles experiences five earthquakes each year, varying in magnitude and destruction.

LA sits on the Ring Of Fire fault line along with other Californian cities like San Francisco.

It runs down the western coast of the Americas, across the Pacific, and up through New Zealand, Indonesia, and Japan — the countries most prone to devastating quakes.

Experts say California is due another major apocalyptic tremor — which they have already dubbed "The Big One".

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