Magnitude 6.4: Strongest earthquake in years rattles Southern California

(NY DAILY NEWS) – A sizable earthquake shook a large swath of Southern California on Thursday, lighting up social media ahead of the July 4 holiday fireworks.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 but was quickly downgraded to a 6.4.

It struck in a remote area of Kern County, about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles shortly after 10:30 a.m. local time.

There were no immediate reports of major structural damage or fatalities.

People from the desert to the Pacific coast reported feeling the rolling waves that lasted some 30 seconds.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay said it lasted so long, she thought it was “the big one.”

“Been living in Los Angeles all my life. That was the longest earthquake I’ve ever experienced. Not jerky. Smooth and rolling. But it was loooong. It was so long I thought for the first time ever ‘Is this the big one?’ Damn. Respect Mother Nature. She’s the boss,” DuVernay wrote in a Twitter post.

The quake was one of the largest in Southern California since the devastating 1994 Northridge quake, a 6.6 temblor that caused billions in damage and killed 57 people.

The last major quake was the 7.1 magnitude Hector Mine quake that struck in 1999 at the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps.