4.8-M Earthquake Rattles Sierra Nevada, 6 Aftershocks Follow Initial Jolt

4.8-M Earthquake Rattles Sierra Nevada, 6 Aftershocks Follow Initial Jolt
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An earthquake shook the eastern range of Sierra Nevada in California on Tuesday.


According to the San Jose Mercury News, the U.S. Geological Survey said that the quake, measuring 4.8 magnitude, struck close to the community Big Pine in central California along U.S. Route 395. It occurred in Inyo County, around nine miles underneath the ground.

The tremors were felt for miles around California. No serious injuries or damage was reported as a result, according to the authorities. As many as six aftershocks were felt for over an hour following the initial quake. The strongest of these measured 4.3, Susan Garcia, of the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center, said.

Cody Lawson, a dispatcher at the Bishop Police Department, said he could feel the earthquake for six seconds. “I thought something hit our building because there was a loud boom and everything shook for about 4 to 6 seconds,” he said. “It hit hard right off the bat.” He added that no emergency calls were received as a result of the quake. A few personnel in the dispatch center used desks as their shelter.

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Since 1935, the area has experienced eight earthquakes that measured 3 in magnitude, while an earthquake measuring 4 struck in 1988.

According to ABC News, the mountains east of Los Angeles, just north of Big Bear, experienced a pre-dawn earthquake that measured 3.8.

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