In the Los Angeles area, the quake was slow and steady, lasting about 30 seconds.
The earthquake was centered 10 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, Calif., a city of about 29,000 in Kern County mostly known as a small town for skiers and snowboarders headed from Los Angeles to Mammoth.
The earthquake was centered about 90 miles northeast of Bakersfield and 125 miles north of Los Angeles.The earthquake was felt widely throughout the Los Angeles area, said Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson.
It’s unlikely there was significant damage in a major urban area given that the earthquake was centered in such a remotely populated area.The area that ruptured occurred in an area of faults slightly east of the Sierra Nevada. The Little Lake fault is one of them, and last went through a magnitude 6 earthquake in 1984, Hauksson said.
Local emergency agencies have been flooded with calls, and officials urged that people only use 911 for emergencies.
“We are very much aware of the significant earthquake that just occurred in Southern California. Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless there are injuries or other dangerous conditions. Don’t call for questions please,” the LAPD said in a statement.