Earthquake Magnitude 6.4 Hits Near Ridgecrest and South China Lake, South California

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit southern California. The epicentre was a few kilometres from the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, Ridgecrest. The weapons station is the Navy’s largest land holding facility of weapons and armaments research, development, acquisition, testing and evaluation.

The region in the Mojave desert is sparsely populated. There were no injuries, but buildings and roads sustained varying degrees of damage. The earthquake is the largest to hit the region in 20 years, and was felt over 100 miles away in Santa Barbara.

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