Earthquake Shakes Southland on Fourth of July

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A magnitude-6-6 earthquake was felt throughout the Southland today, shaking up local residents celebrating the Fourth of July.

The quake, which began at 10:33 a.m., was centered about 10 miles from Ridgecrest, near the San Bernardino County and Kern County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in Los Angeles or Orange County.

The Los Angeles Fire Department reported that ``all 106 fire stations are out conducting a strategic survey of their districts to determine if any damage exists. Once this process is complete, an overall assessment of the impact in the City of Los Angeles will be compiled.''

Southland police agencies were reminding the public not to use 911 for earthquake questions unless they have injuries or dangerous conditions to report.

Officials with the San Bernardino County Fire Department tweeted that they were conducting an assessment of the region and ``no injuries reported, however buildings and roads have sustained varying degrees of damage.''

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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