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3.5 Magnitude earthquake strikes near Ridgecrest area

A 3.5 Magnitude earthquake struck the area of the Mojave Desert's Searles Valley, near Ridgecrest, Friday afternoon.
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Posted at 6:22 PM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 21:22:20-05

RIDGECREST, Calif. — A 3.5 Magnitude earthquake struck the area of the Mojave Desert's Searles Valley, near Ridgecrest, Friday afternoon.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the temblor struck 8.6 miles from the Searles Valley at about 4:22 p.m.

No damage has been reported and according to the USGS, only six responded feeling the quake.

This temblor coming just months since a pair of major earthquakes, magnitudes 6.4 and 7.1 rocked Ridgecrest and the surrounding areas.

It has continued to experience small quakes around magnitude 3.0 and higher on a regular basis since then.

Experts have determined that the aftermath of those two quakes will last for many years to come.