Published On: Thu, Aug 22nd, 2019

California earthquake: Powerful 5.0 magnitude quake strikes | World | News

California has been rocked by a powerful earthquake which struck on Thursday afternoon, believed to hit around 15 miles from Ridgecrest. The 5.0 magnitude quake struck at around 1.49pm local time, (21:49 GMT) with tremors felt miles away. The strong earthquake is believed to have been felt as far away as downtown Las Vegas.


According to the Los Angeles Times, an average of five earthquakes of this magnitude occur in California and Nevada every year.

In the last 10 days, there has been 17 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or higher.

This recent quake occurred at a depth of 1.5 miles.

The US Geological Survey believe this was an aftershocks to the tremors that hit in July.


A 5.0 magnitude earthquake is considered moderate.

This can cause damage to poorly constructed buildings and is felt by everyone in the vicinity.

There are estimated to be between 1,000 and 1,500 of these each year.

Over July 4 and July 5, the three shocks that hit north of Ridgecrest measured 6.4, 5.4 and 7.1.

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There was one reported death and 25 injuries from the July earthquakes.

From the recent earthquake, there are no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

However, many people have reported feeling the effects of the hit.


The largest earthquake in US history was the 1964 Alaska earthquake and tsunami, which was of 9.2 magnitude and resulted in a 220ft tsunami and 131 deaths.

Alaska saw the most powerful earthquake in the US in the 21st Century with the 7.9 magnitude 2002 Denali earthquake.

Due to this hitting a remote location, there was only one injury.

More to follow… 

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