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5.8 earthquake shakes Inyo County

Posted at 11:02 AM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 15:22:18-04

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the area near Lone Pine in Inyo County on Wednesday morning.

The quake was initially reported to be of magnitude 6.0.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday and was centered in the Owens Valley region below the eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada.

The quake could be felt throughout Kern County, including in Bakersfield and Tehachapi. People in the northern Central Valley, as well as in the Los Angeles area also reported feeling the quake.

Veteran seismologist Lucy Jones says the quake occurred in the same location as a magnitude-4.6 quake that hit on Monday night. Jones says the earlier tremor is now considered a foreshock.

The quake struck about 57 miles north of Ridgecrest, where a series of earthquakes, including a magnitude 7.1 tremor, shook the area in 2019.