5.8 magnitude earthquake shakes part of central California

Central California shaken by 5.8 magnitude earthquake

LONE PINE, Calif. — A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Wednesday morning near Lone Pine, California in the eastern part of the Sierra Nevada, according to officials with the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake was reported around 10:40 a.m. and was followed by a 3.6 magnitude aftershock, officials said. The same area had been struck by a 4.6 magnitude tremblor on Monday, according to The Associated Press.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

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Jaylen Wright, who works as the desk clerk at a Best Western hotel in Lone Pine, told The Los Angeles Times he was on the computer when he felt “all of a sudden, without precursor, violent shaking for two seconds. Then it mellowed out into deep shakes.”

“It was super violent at the start, almost up-and-down, then it went side-to-side,” he told the Times. He said items in the hotel’s back office fell to the ground but that no significant damage had been seen.

KABC-TV reported the tremblor could be felt 180 miles away in Los Angeles.

Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey released a map image showing a 5.8 magnitude earthquake reported Wednesday, June 24, 2020 near Lone Pine, California.
Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey released a map image showing a 5.8 magnitude earthquake reported Wednesday, June 24, 2020 near Lone Pine, California. (U.S. Geological Survey)