CALIFORNIA- A 6.4 magnitude strong earthquake struck southern California on Thursday. The epicenter was near the city of Ridgecrest, located about 240 km north-east of Los Angeles.
The earthquake was the strongest one in two decades to hit California and caused massive damage and fire. The quake was felt as far as Las Vegas in Nevada.
It was fortunate that the quake struck far away from major population centres so no casualty was reported.
A state of emergency has been declared in the city. Some people were struck by objects falling from buildings and gas lines were also broken.
City mayor Peggy Breeden said, “We are used to earthquakes but we're not used to this significance.”
US President Donald Trump also tweeted that the situation was under control.