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American Red Cross set up evacuation centers in Ridgecrest following 6.4 magnitude earthquake

Posted at 7:47 AM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 13:10:36-04

RIDGECREST, Calif. — Officials have set up evacuation centers in Ridgecrest for those affected by the tremors.

The Red Cross said Friday morning that last night they had 16 guests at their shelter at the Kerr McGee Community Center at West California Avenue in Ridgecrest. There is also an evacuation center being set up at Burroughs High School.

Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported a 6.4 magnitude earthquake Thursday in Searles Valley in San Bernardino County that was felt in Bakersfield and as far south as Los Angeles. The USGS also recorded two earthquakes -- 4.0 and 2.2 -- this morning in San Bernardino County, just northeast of Ridgecrest.

And Friday morning, aftershocks kept rolling across Southern California, with one measuring at 5.4 that was reported just northeast of Ridgecrest, the US Geological Survey said.

The Red Cross says they will continue providing comfort and care to those affected by the quake today. Additionally, emergency operations services are going to be at city hall and the police department