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Evacuation shelters set up in Ridgecrest after July 4 earthquake

July 4 Earthquake Map
Posted at 9:29 AM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 12:29:33-04

RIDGECREST, Calif. — Officials have set up evacuation centers in Ridgecrest for those affected by Thursday's 6.4 magnitude earthquake that rocked the area.

The Red Cross said 16 guests stayed at their shelter at the Kerr McGee Community Center on West California Avenue Thursday night. There is also an evacuation center being set up at Burroughs High School.

The earthquake's epicenter was 11 miles from Ridgecrest, California, which is just west of the Mojave desert. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake's epicenter was 90 miles from Bakersfield.

Shaking from the quake was felt by millions of people across the region, including the greater Los Angeles and Las Vegas areas, USGS said.

More than100 aftershocks have already been reported and seismologists say they'll keep happening for weeks. Officials said Ridgecrest should feel more aftershocks on Friday.

Authorities declared a state of emergency in Ridgecrest Thursday as the rest of the county battled fires and damage.

The Red Cross said they will continue providing comfort and care to those affected in the area. Emergency operations services are also at Ridgecrest City Hall and the police department.