Magnitude 5.8 earthquake shakes remote central California

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RIDGECREST, Calif. – A magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck a remote area of central California.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday and was centered in the Owens Valley region below the eastern flank of the Sierra Nevada. The quake was felt widely, including about 240 miles away in Sacramento.

Veteran seismologist Lucy Jones says the quake occurred in the same location as a magnitude-4.6 quake that hit on Monday night. Jones says the earlier tremor is now considered a foreshock.

In his Wednesday remarks on COVID-19, Gov. Gavin Newsom made mention of the quake in that “Mother Nature made sure we were reminded of her fury.”

“Almost a year ago in two weeks, we had a major earthquake in the state of California — Ridgecrest,” Newsom said. “Just about 20 minutes ago, we experienced another trembler — just 5.8 on the Richter scale — but enough to remind all of us of our responsibilities as Californians, our vulnerabilities as Californians as it relates to the issue of earthquakes.”

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