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Did you feel that? Earthquake rumbles in California, felt as far north as Sacramento

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California is expanding an early earthquake warning system that could give people as long as a minute to prepare for a disaster.

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake rattled the Central San Joaquin Valley on Thursday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey, causing scattered reports of damage, including fires.

Valley residents in the Fresno area, as far north as Sacramento and as far east as Las Vegas reported feeling the shake, which struck at 10:33 a.m. near Ridgecrest, about 224 miles southeast of Fresno.

The Kern County Fire Department said crews were responding to about two dozen incidents, from structure fires to medical assistance, in the Ridgecrest area. Several apartment buildings, as well as the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, were evacuated as a result of the quake, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department said there were multiple buildings with minor cracks, broken water mains and downed power lines in the northwestern part of the county.

In downtown Los Angeles, numerous residents described the rattler as intense.

The Fresno area hasn’t felt any serious effects from a major earthquake since a magnitude-6.4 temblor devastated Coalinga in 1983, injuring 47 people and causing more than $31 million in damage.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday said thus far they haven’t taken any reports of damage or injuries. Residents in Coalinga, Hanford and Visalia also reported shaking.

Ridgecrest is a city of 27,00 along U.S. Route 395 in the Indian Wells Valley in northeastern Kern County.

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Twitter user @zomo_abd posted a video she says shows her father’s grocery store in Ridgecrest after the quake. Bottles and other items are smashed on the floor.

Users also took to the Fresno Bee’s Twitter page to report their experiences during the quake.

This story will be updated.

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