California earthquake: Los Angeles and US west coast rocked by huge 6.6 quake
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An 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California Thursday, shaking a widespread area.

The quake was centered in the Searles Valley, a remote area of San Bernardino.

The earthquake occurred more than 150 miles away from downtown Los Angeles, but people in the California city are reporting they felt the earthquake.

It was unclear of the temblor caused major damage or injuries.

It was the most powerful quake to hit Southern California in years.

Local emergency agencies have been flooded with calls, and officials urged that people only use 911 for emergencies.

“We are very much aware of the significant earthquake that just occurred in Southern California. Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless there are injuries or other dangerous conditions. Don't call for questions please,” the LAPD said in a statement.


 
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