LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Southern California was felt throughout the Las Vegas Valley on Thursday amid Fourth of July celebrations.

The quakes epicenter was north, northwest of Barstow in Ridgecrest.

Locals reported shaking homes from Aliante in the northwest valley, to downtown Las Vegas and beyond.

Las Vegas is on a fault, making the city an earthquake zone, but quakes are rarely felt in the valley. The National Weather Service tweeted "so far no significant damage reports" in regards to the quake.

The 6.4 quake was on a "strikeslip fault about 10 miles from Ridgecrest," Seismologist Lucy Jones wrote on Twitter. "Not the San Andreas fault. It is an area with a lot of little faults but no long fault."

Searles Valley, California, located about three hours outside of Las Vegas, recorded three quakes within minutes of each other.

According to the United States Geological Survey, at least eight earthquakes have been recorded so far in California today.

Several residents around the Valley felt the quake rattling inside their homes.

"All of a sudden I see my blinds just pushing themselves towards me as well as a fixture on the ceiling," valley resident Michelle Gentile said. Gentile felt the quake near Pecos & Russell. 

Anytime an earthquake hits it's important to remember to stay away from any free standing furniture or chimneys. Stay away from windows and get as close to the ground as possible.

"Get to the ground, and try and get under a table. That's probably your safest bet is to be under a sturdy piece of furniture like a kitchen table or a strong desk. Should something collapse at least you'll have that extra cover above your heads," Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell said.

Cassell says its best to be prepared, and its important to download the Southern NV Emergency Preparedness app.

"It has a lot of different information. There's earthquake basics, after an earthquake things to do. You know after an earthquake make sure you're okay check your house," Cassell said. 


At least four large aftershocks have been recorded, measuring 4.7, 3.5, 3.8 and 4.2 magnitude, officials said.


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

Diane Ruggiero, general manager of the Hampton Inn and Suites Ridgecrest in Ridgecrest, told CNN's Paul Vercammen that the hotel has significant damage.

"The chandeliers are still swinging," she said five minutes after the quake hit at 10:33 PT. "The floor rippled."

Los Angeles International Airport said no damage was reported on runways. "Operations remain normal," it tweeted.

Trona, an unincorporated community in San Bernadino County, "sustained varying degrees of damage" but no injuries have been reported, according to San Bernadino County Fire's verified Twitter account.

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