Magnitude 4.2 Earthquake Strikes North of Barstow in Mojave Desert: USGS

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck east-northeast of Ridgecrest on Dec. 5, 2018. (Credit: U.S. Geological Survey)

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck east-northeast of Ridgecrest on Dec. 5, 2018. (Credit: U.S. Geological Survey)

The Mojave Desert area of Southern California was rattled by a shallow earthquake with a magnitude of 4.2 on Wednesday afternoon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The temblor, which hit around 1:40 p.m., was centered near Trona. The location is approximately 34 miles east-northeast of Ridgecrest and 58 miles north of Barstow, USGS reported. The area is also close to Death Valley.

It hit at a depth of about 2.5 miles.

A second shallow quake measuring a magnitude of 3.8 struck the same area about 20 minutes later, according to USGS.

Weak-to-light shaking was felt throughout the area, including as far away as the Antelope Valley and Las Vegas, data from the Geological Survey’s website showed.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damages.