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5.8 Magnitude Quake Triggers Rockslide In Eastern Sierra

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An early earthquake warning alert issued to people as far away as Los Angeles (Screenshot/Jacob Margolis)
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A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck just south of Lone Pine, California at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The amount of the damage across the area is still unclear.

The Whitney Portal, about three miles from Lone Pine, is closed due to rockslides near the main parking lot. According to the Inyo Sheriff's department there are currently no known injuries.

Community residents reported buildings shaking around them.

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"I looked front and back because I thought a truck hit my building, it hit so hard," said Geoff Brackney, owner of Lone Pine Sporting goods, who grew up in the area. "Never had anything hit the building like that."

"I took off running. This building was built in the thirties. I wasn't going to stick around to see how it was going to damage this thing," he said.

Within a half hour, he said he and his employees had cleaned up the store, picking up small items like bugspray and sunscreen that'd fallen to the ground.

Just two days ago the area experienced a 4.6 magnitude earthquake, now considered a foreshock to today's event.

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An earthquake early warning was received by people in Los Angeles, with those as far south as Orange County and as far north as Sacramento, also potentially getting a heads up.

As of 11:40 a.m., there was a four percent probability that an earthquake larger than 5.8 could strike the same area some time in the next week, per the the U.S. Geological Survey. The aftershock forecast will continue to change as time goes on.

Just last year nearby Ridgecrest experienced a 6.4 magnitude foreshock on July 4, which was quickly followed by the mainshock, a 7.1 magnitude quake on July 5.

This is a developing story.


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