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Strong earthquake shakes Central California

24 Jun 2020, 12:36 pm

A strong earthquake rattled Central California around 10:40 Wednesday morning near Lone Pine, just east of Mt. Whitney and the Eastern Sierra Nevada.

The earthquake was given a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 before being downgraded to 5.8 a short time later. Shaking has been reported across California from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

A 4.6 magnitude aftershock was reported shortly after the initial earthquake, in an area known for seismic activity. Just two days prior, a separate 4.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded in the vicinity, now an apparent foreshock to Wednesday’s larger earthquake.

Lone Pine sits in the Owens River Valley along the Sierra Nevada fault. It’s about 70 miles north of Ridgecrest, where a series of large earthquakes struck in 2019, the largest reaching magnitude 7.1 on July 6th.

There have not been any reports of structural damage and/or injuries related to this earthquake. Continue to stay with WeatherNation for the latest.

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Rob grew up in South Florida, where daily afternoon storms and hurricanes piqued his interest in meteorology early on. That interest was fostered by his teachers and his father, who one time brought him onto the roof of their home to watch a funnel cloud move through the Everglades several miles away. ... Load MoreYears of filmmaking and tv production in high school gradually pushed him toward broadcast meteorology at Florida State University, where he joined and eventually led the student run daily weather show. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology, he began his career at KESQ in Palm Springs, California before heading to KFSN in Fresno and WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina. He has covered a diverse array of extreme weather events, including haboobs and flash flooding in the desert, extreme snow in the Sierra, hurricanes, and Appalachian ice storms. He also enjoys telling stories and reporting about weather issues.

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