BREAKING NEWS: Preliminary 7.1-magnitude quake near Ridgecrest; felt in Encinitas and North County


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North Coast Current

The U.S. Geological Survey website has reported an earthquake near Ridgecrest, California, with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter scale, at about 8:20 p.m. Friday, July 5. Residents of Encinitas and elsewhere in North San Diego County have reported feeling the quake.

(Story updated as of 9:10 p.m. to reflect reinstatement of earlier 7.1 magnitude)

(Story updated as of 8:35 p.m. to reflect new magnitude of 6.9 instead of earlier estimated 7.1)