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Magnitude 5.5 Earthquake Strikes Southern California, Eyewitnesses Report Shaking Buildings

The earthquake has struck 17 kilometres from Searles Valley, California, with the source of the quake 6.9 kilometres deep, according to US Geological Survey data.

An earthquake of 5.5 magnitude occured in southern California, some 200 kilometres north of Los Angeles. According to eyewitness reports from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), some building were shaking during the earthquake, and people could "see the walls moving". 

The earthquake was reportedly felt in Ridgecrest, Las Vegas, Barstow, Rosamond and other regions.

The source of the earthquake was 17 kilometres from Searles Valley, California, and 6.9 kilometres deep, according to US Geological Survey data.

​EMSC shared a map of the earthquake's effects in its Twitter account.

​No damage or casualties have been reported. 

California is prone to earthquakes, seeing an average of two or three annually large enough to cause moderate damage. The latest earthquake in the area took place at Ridgecrest in July 2019, with a magnitude of 7.1.

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