Earthquake rattles Southern California

By Veronica Rocha, Meg Wagner and Elise Hammond, CNN

Updated 5:50 p.m. ET, July 4, 2019
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4:12 p.m. ET, July 4, 2019

The earthquake shook food off of shelves at this California grocery store

A California grocery store is cleaning up after today's earthquake shook wine, sports drinks, pudding and other items off the shelves.

Deborah Moore took these photos of the damage inside the grocery store in Ridgecrest:

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3:55 p.m. ET, July 4, 2019

Disneyland rides are closed for inspection after quake

From CNN's David Waterfall 

Disneyland staff said the park's rides were closed for inspection after the 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Southern California.

It's unclear how long the inspections will take. 

3:55 p.m. ET, July 4, 2019

People are smelling gas in San Bernardino County after today's quake

There have been several reports of people smelling gas in Trona, a town in San Bernardino County, but they do not have any reports of fires following today's 6.4 magnitude earthquake, according to Jeremy Kern, spokesperson for the San Bernardino Fire Department.

Kern told CNN there is mild to moderate structural damage reported in the Trona area.

He added that firefighters are conducting damage assessment surveys on roadways, power lines and structures.

3:49 p.m. ET, July 4, 2019

There's a chance of another damaging quake today, expert says

Dr. Lucy Jones, seismologist with the US Geological Survey, warned residents that they should expect to see many more quakes — and there's a chance of another damaging one today.

At a news conference, she explained that we might be seeing two different faults in today's earthquake.

  1. The main fault was rupturing down toward southwest, which would focus energy towards Ridgecrest, she said.
  2. A second fault going northwest may have been activated.

Some context about the region: This area has many faults in a complex area, Jones said.

3:48 p.m. ET, July 4, 2019

At least 58 aftershocks of magnitude 2.5 have been reported

There have been at least 58 aftershocks of magnitude 2.5 or larger after today's 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Southern California, according to a geophysicist.

Two of the largest aftershocks measured 4.6, but there were several quakes that were smaller than 2.5, said Jana Pursley from the US Geological Survey.

Damage has also been reported.

Here's what we know:

  • The California Highway Patrol reported a small rock slide on Highway 178, about two miles east of Lake Isabella.
  • All overpasses in Kern, Kings and Fresno counties have been checked out and are fine, CHP Officer Shasta Tollefson said.
  • No damage has been reported around the Los Angeles area, according to CHP Officer Peter Nicholson.
3:40 p.m. ET, July 4, 2019

"We’re having another one right now": Woman describe aftershock as it happens on air

From CNN's Jamiel Lynch

Carolyn Storruste, who works at High Desert Haven assisted living facility in Ridgecrest, felt an aftershock while doing a live phone interview on air with CNN's Brooke Baldwin.

Storruste said that dressers, TV and pictures fell to the ground during the earthquake.

Storruste said that after the big earthquake, the power went out and backup power came on. Then an aftershock happened, and all power went out.

During the interview, Storruste stopped and said, “We’re having another one right now.”

Storruste said it was about 90 degrees in the facility and at the end of the interview they were moving everyone into the lobby of the facility.

Watch the moment:

3:38 p.m. ET, July 4, 2019

 A hospital in Ridgecrest is being evacuated

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital is being evacuated following today's 6.4 magnitude earthquake, the Kern County Fire Department tweeted.

Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist at California Institute of Technology, tweeted that the quake was "having a robust aftershock sequence."

“That means there will be plenty more aftershocks today,” she said 
3:25 p.m. ET, July 4, 2019

The Ridgecrest mayor gave an interview while aftershocks rattled the city

Peggy Breeden, the mayor of Ridgecrest, called into CNN to give an update on the situation in her city — but an earthquake aftershock interrupted the interview.

"Right now, we just 30 seconds ago had another one. We've had — this would either be our seventh or eight one we've had," she explained before she felt another one.

"Oh, my goodness, there's another one right now. Oh, my goodness," she said.

Breeden said there have been five fires and added that the city has broken gas lines. 

Watch more:

3:38 p.m. ET, July 4, 2019

President Trump has been briefed on the earthquake

From CNN's Betsy Klein


President Trump has been briefed on the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck California earlier this afternoon.

“The President has been briefed on the earthquake in California and will continue to monitor the situation,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told CNN.

Trump also tweeted about the quake.

About the quake: There have been reports of scattered damage, including rock slides and fires.

The earthquake was felt in central Los Angeles as a long, rolling quake, making buildings rock back and forth for at least several seconds.