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Magnitude 6.4 earthquake rattles SLO, Santa Barbara counties

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A magnitude 6.4 earthquake reported at about 10:33 a.m. Thursday rattled the Central Coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake’s epicenter was about 7 miles southwest of Searles Valley, which is approximately 130 miles east of Bakersfield, according to the USGS.

There were multiple reports of people feeling the quake in Santa Barbara County, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Multiple people in San Luis Obispo County reported on social media that they had felt the quake.

According to the USGS, people in Santa Barbara, Goleta, San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, Santa Maria, Grover Beach and Atascadero said they felt the temblor.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department said there were multiple buildings with minor cracks, broken water mains, downed power lines and some rock slides in the northwestern part of the county.

The Kern County Fire Department said crews were responding to about two dozen incidents, from structure fires to medical assistance, in the Ridgecrest area, which is near the quake’s epicenter.

Multiple injuries were reported in Ridgecrest, according to the Associated Press.

Several apartment buildings in the Ridgecrest area, as well as the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, were evacuated as a result of the quake, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said.

Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner train announced on Twitter that all trains were stopped due to seismic activity just before 10:40 a.m. Ten minutes later, train service had resumed “at reduced speeds,” Amtrak said.

Multiple aftershocks have been reported in the area of the quake’s epicenter, according to the USGS.

The quake was also felt throughout Southern California, from the high desert to Laguna Niguel.

Additional information was not immediately available.

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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.
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