Earthquake Rocks Hollywood on 4th of July

The strongest earthquake in man years rocked the greater Los Angeles area Thursday morning.

The long, rolling quake measured 6.4 on the Richter scale and was centered in the remote Searles Valley area near Ridgecrest in San Bernardino County, over a 100 miles away from Los Angeles.

The moderately large shaker was felt over a wide area from Orange County to Las Vegas.

A number of smaller aftershocks were not felt outside the immediate area.

The temblor was initially reported as measuring 6.6 but was soon downgraded 6.4, still making it the largest in the area since the devastating 6.6 Northridge quake in Y 1994. However, the Northridge quake caused extensive damage as it was centered directly under the city.

No damage or injuries were immediately reported in Los Angeles, though some roads were blocked in the Ridgecrest area.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Tweeted that it is in earthquake mode and assessing if there is any damage throughout the city.

LAX airport reported that operations are proceeding as normal with no damage.

Have a terrific 4th of July!