Residents of Lone Pine were awakened early Thursday morning — VERY early, around 3:01 a.m. — by a series of earthquakes, the largest of which was a magnitude-5.1 on the Richter Scale, that rattled that area of the Eastern Sierra.
The largest temblor was located about 18 miles southeast of Lone Pine along the east shore of the Owens River, and was followed during the next three hours by several smaller quakes ranging in magnitude between 3.0 and 3.5.
Inyo County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Faith Felton said no damages or injuries were reported.
Quakes with magnitudes of about 5.4 have previously occurred in the area in recent years, according to U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Randy Baldwin.
Thursday’s events were centered primarily in a rural area near Sequoia National Park. Lone Pine and its surrounding areas are located about 180 miles northeast of Los Angeles.