Southern California rocked by magnitude 6.4 natural disaster


Several apartment buildings, as well as the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, were evacuated as a result of the quake, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said.

The City of Anaheim reported that the city has no immediate issues and the Laguna Beach Police Department advised their citizens to be "safe wherever you are and watch out for those earthquakes". The USGS added that there is a 5% chance that an even larger natural disaster could hit in the coming hours or days.

Consequently, Diane Ruggiero, general manager of the Hampton Inn and Suites Ridgecrest in Ridgecrest, tells CNN that the hotel suffered some significant damage.

According to reports, buildings shook for around 30 seconds.

"The chandeliers are still swinging", she said five minutes after the quake hit at 10:33 a.m. PT.

She says it was vigorous aftershock sequence occurring and that she wouldn't be surprise if a magnitude 5 quake occurred during the aftershocks.

The natural disaster happened a few hours ago at 10:33 am local time and so far there have been no reports of catastrophic damage.

A tsunami isn't expected from the quake, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

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The City of Santa Barbara initiated quake protocol and all stations report no damage, but many report feeling it throughout Santa Barbara County.

Kern County Fire sent out multiple tweets saying they're responding to numerous incidents throughout the area.

The USGS warned that a number of aftershocks are likely in the region. "We're getting calls off the hook", research geophysicist William Yeck said.

Film director Ava DeVernay said: "Been living in Los Angeles all my life".

Actress Lucy Hale tweeted, "I know everyone's tweeting about this LA natural disaster but that s*** was super long". But it was loooong. Damn. Respect Mother Nature.

One Twitter user posted images inside a liquor store near Ridgecrest.

"We start to feel the shaking, so then I look up and then the wine bottles start rattling and I thought, 'They're going to fall, '" she said.