Southern California Hit By Biggest Quake In 20 years

Jul 6, 2019
U.S. Geological Survey

LOS ANGELES -- The largest Southern California quake in nearly 20 years jolted an area stretching from Sacramento to Las Vegas to Mexico as it cracked buildings, set fires, wrecked roads but only caused minor injuries.

U.S. Geological Survey

SAN FRANCISCO -- An earthquake rattled a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on Thursday morning, making hanging lamps sway and photo frames on wall shake. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Several hundred South Mecklenburg High School students defied school faculty by walking out of class Friday morning, chanting and waving Mexican national flags and at times causing chaos according to students on social media.

Berk Biryol / UNC Chapel Hill

Scientists have long wondered why the southeastern United States gets so many earthquakes. A UNC Chapel Hill study offers one answer.