Strongest earthquake in 20 years rattles Southern California
RIDGECREST, Calif. -- The strongest earthquake in 20 years shook a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on the Fourth of July holiday, rattling nerves and causing injuries and damage in a town near the epicenter, followed by a swarm of ongoing aftershocks. The 6.4 magnitude quake struck at 10:33 a.m. Thursday in the Mojave Desert, about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles, near the town of Ridgecrest, California.