On Wednesday morning, an earthquake in central California resulted in a rock slide sending boulders and debris into a nearby campground. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 10 miles south-southeast of Lone Pine, California.
The United States Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.0. However, the USGS downgraded it to a 5.8, according to Fox News.
Lone Pine is located between two National Parks: Sequoia National Park and Death Valley National Park. On Facebook, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office shared that the rock slide took place in the Whitney Portal area, which is around 45 miles from the epicenter of the quake.
The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office took to Facebook to address the incident. “Whitney Portal area is closed and campgrounds are being evacuated due to rockslide south of the main parking lot,” the Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook. “No injuries reported at this time. It is unclear at this time if the main Mt Whitney trail has been affected.” Authorities also closed one roadway due to debris and rocks in the road.
A number of people in the campground captured footage of the earthquake. Twitter user John Chrissinger shared a video showing a cloud of dust in the air close to the parking lot.
Footage of the Earthquake
WARNING: Explicit Language
Chrissinger explained on Storyful that he stood in the picnic area at Whitney Portal when the quake happened. “There was a thunderous crash and you could see part of the mountain coming down, lucky that we were on the other side of the portal road, I did not have time to video the landslide it all happened so fast, was over in 30 seconds,” he told Storyful. “Funny it was just dead silence and all the dirt rising up after the slide. Felt really eerie.”
According to authorities, local residents in the California cities of Fresno and Acampo felt the shock. Also, people in other areas near the epicenter such as Las Vegas felt the impact.
[H/T Fox News]