Small earthquakes strike near Ridgecrest

RIDGECREST — Several small earthquakes struck Sunday night near the Kern County community of Ridgecrest, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The largest one, a preliminary magnitude of 4.3, hit around 14 miles east of Ridgecrest about 9:15 p.m., the USGS reported.

An earlier quake measuring magnitude 3.0 struck just more than 31 miles northwest of the town, about 8:25 p.m.

No damage or injuries were reported.

Last week, the area was hit by a 5.5. magnitude temblor, which experts called an aftershock to the large quakes felt throughout Southern California in July 2019, including a 7.1 quake on July 5.

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