A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck California, making it the strongest to hit the state since the deadly 1994 Hector Mine quake, a 7.1 that killed dozens.

The earthquake originated in the remote Searles Valley area in Kern County, near the town of Ridgecrest, which is about 240km to the northeast of Los Angeles. The quake was also unusually shallow, at only 10.7km below the surface, which meant its effects were felt more strongly.

There are no reports of deaths or injuries from the earthquake yet, but news is coming in of damaged structures, downed power lines, fires and rock slides. Millions felt the earthquake, from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in Nevada.

Meanwhile, obviously, social media is having a field day. An earthquake that’s left no-one dead or seriously injured? Los Angeles continues unaffected? We’re all just waiting for the hammer to fall anyway? You know what that means! It’s time for MEMES.

The fact that the earthquake was well-timed with President Donald Trump‘s Fourth of July parade did not go unnoticed, either:

What a time to be alive, honestly. Glad everyone is okay in California, so far at least – experts are warning that there will likely be aftershocks.

Source: News.com.au
Image: Karaleigh Roe