4.6-magnitude earthquake hits Central California

The quake rattled the community of Ridgecrest, the same area that was left reeling from a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in July 2019.

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A 4.6-magnitude earthquake struck the Ridgecrest area in Kern County Thursday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A 4.6-magnitude earthquake rattled California's Kern County on Thursday evening.

It hit the community of Ridgecrest at about 6:20 pm, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The quake's epicenter was 7.8 miles northeast of the community, the same place that was left reeling from a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in July 2019.

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Ridgecrest and its surrounding area has since been shaken by hundreds of smaller aftershocks.