5.5-magnitude earthquake hits California

Stefani Reynolds

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit near Searles Valley, California, on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey

No damage due to the earthquake was reported, ABC 7 reported

The temblor was centered about 10 miles south of Searles Valley around 6:31 p.m. local time, according to the outlet.

Seismologist Lucy Jones said it was a “large late aftershock” of the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that hit Ridgecrest nearly a year ago. 

“Yes, an earthquake. A M5.5 at the very southern end of the 2019 Ridgecrest aftershock zone. This is a large late aftershock – do you remember that I said these are common?” Jones tweeted. 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) acknowledged the earthquake that hit as he was addressing the protests during a news conference Wednesday night. 

Asked if he felt the earthquake, Garcetti said he hadn’t but said he was notified by a colleague as he was speaking.

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