A 6.4 earthquake struck shortly after 10:30 this morning in the Searles Valley near Trona, according to the US Geological Survey website. The earthquake was felt as far away as Taft in Kern County and the Los Angeles area.

A series of aftershocks in and around Seales Valley and the Ridgecrest area were also reported.

UPDATE at 11:50 a.m.: No injuries reported at this time, Kern County Fire Department is responding to a structure fire and possibly other related emergencies in Ridgecrest. San Bernardino County Fire (where Searles Valley is located) reports some damage, power lines down and broken water mains.

UPDATE at 1:50 p.m.: Kern County Fire Department confirming evacuation of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital as a precaution. Cooling center open at Kerr McGee Center, 100 W. California Ave. and Burroughs High School, 500 W. French Ave.

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