6.9-magnitude earthquake recorded in southern California

The European Quake Monitor has recorded a 6.9-magnitude earthquake in southern California, just two days after a 6.4-magnitude tremor hit the state.

The US Geological Society initially reported a magnitude of 7.1, however it has since been downgraded.

It hit at 8.19pm and has been measured 11 miles from Ridgecrest, the site of Thursday’s quake

There are no immediate injuries.

The quake was felt as far away as Las Vegas and Mexico, as well as people in Los Angeles reporting they could also feel it.

Author and broadcaster Stephen Fry tweeted shortly afterwards to say he could feel it in Hollywood.

Amy Lee from the UK, who is on holiday in the area, told Sky News: “We’re in Torrance at an Airbnb cottage and the entire room felt like it started rocking! It was like the room was swaying, the ceiling light started shaking and flickering.

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She added: “We felt so dizzy after it too!”

Torrance is around 160 miles from the reported epicentre.

If the first reported magnitude of 7.1 is correct, it would be the strongest earthquake to hit the region in 20 years.

Strong aftershocks have jolted the area since Thursday’s initial earthquake, which recorded as 6.4 Richter scale.

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Source: SKY NEWS

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