Moderate Earthquake Strikes Southern California
RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) _ A moderate earthquake struck the high desert in Southern California on Thursday.
No injuries or major damage were immediately reported.
The estimated 5.4-magnitude quake, which struck at 3:39 p.m., was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles, said Max Benavidez, spokesman for the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
``It was quite strong,″ said Capt. Richard Davis of the Kern County Fire Department. ``We felt the initial shock and two aftershocks.″
At a local grocery store, the effects were minimal.
``It was quick up and down motion. It lasted about 5 seconds,″ said Mark Russell, assistant manager at Albertson’s in Ridgecrest, a city of about 28,000. ``We had a few items fall.″
At the local newspaper, ``there isn’t any obvious damage at all, structural or otherwise,″ said Scott Farwell, managing editor of The Daily Independent. ``We had minor shifting ... books moving around on shelves.″
A magnitude-5 quake can produce moderate damage. Magnitude 6 can cause severe damage if it is centered in a populated area.