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Biggest earthquake in 20 years rocks Southern California, strong aftershocks expected

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USGS(LOS ANGELES) — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary 6.4 magnitude rocked Southern California on Thursday, marking the strongest earthquake in the region since 1999, officials said.

“We will continue to have a lot of aftershocks,” seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones warned at a news conference following the quake.

A magnitude 5 aftershock is likely, Jones said.

The Fourth of July quake, which struck at about 10:30 a.m. local time, was centered in a remote area near Searles Valley in the Mojave Desert, about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

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In Kern County, the quake sparked evacuations at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital and several apartment buildings, officials said.

Kern County officials also reported fires near Ridgecrest.

In San Bernardino County, the quake broke water mains, downed power lines, cracked buildings and caused rock slides on roads, officials said. No injuries or fires were reported in San Bernardino County, officials added.

Los Angeles saw no injuries or significant damage, the fire department said.

But Angelenos noted how rare it was to feel such a long quake.

Director Ava DuVernay tweeted, “Been living in Los Angeles all my life. That was the longest earthquake I’ve ever experienced. Not jerky. Smooth and rolling. But it was loooong. It was so long I thought for the first time ever ‘Is this the big one?'”

“This was a strong one,” the LAPD tweeted, “and a good reminder to be prepared.”

A tweet from the Los Angeles International Airport said no runways were damaged and the airport was operating as normal.

The quake was even felt around Las Vegas, though police there said no damage was reported.

A tsunami is not expected, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center.

“This is an isolated enough location that that’s going to greatly reduce the damage,” Jones said at a news conference.

She added, “This is a large enough earthquake that it probably did break through to the surface of the earth.”

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Surveillance video from California mall shooting released as police seek help identifying gunmen

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Fedorovekb/iStock(SAN BRUNO, Calif.) — Police in California continued to search for two gunmen who opened fire in a crowded mall, injuring two teenagers, as they released surveillance video showing the chaos as shoppers ran desperately for their lives.

Authorities in San Bruno, California, said in a video statement that on Tuesday, officers responded to the second floor of the Shops at Tanforan mall after hearing gunfire around 3:55 p.m.

In video, a group could be seen running before one shooter turns and then fires as a teenager falls to the ground. A second gunman running in the same direction behind that group then stops and shoots repeatedly, before turning back and then going in the opposite direction.

Two male teenagers were shot in the incident, Cmdr. Jeff Caldwell of the San Bruno Police Department said.

One teenager was shot in the leg, police said. The other victim was shot in the abdomen.

“Witnesses fleeing the mall provided brief statements regarding suspect descriptions and their path of flight,” Caldwell said.

According to Caldwell, the shooting was sparked by an argument between two groups on the mall’s second floor. A person from each group began shooting at the other and then fled before officers arrived, he said. The shooting victims were part of the groups, police said.

“To be clear, this does not appear to be a random incident,” he said.

Two others were also injured during the incident but not shot, police said. All four victims were recovering from their injuries, police said.

Authorities asked anyone who saw the shooting take place or knows the shooters to contact authorities.

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1 dead, 2 injured from lightning strike in South Carolina: Officials

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Jurkos/iStock(ANDREWS, S.C.) — One person was killed and two suffered minor injuries from a lightning strike in South Carolina on Thursday, officials said.

The three people were under a tree at Lawshe Plantation in Georgetown County when the lightning hit, according to Georgetown County Fire and EMS officials.

Ryan Gamble, 44, from Georgetown County, was hospitalized in critical condition and later died, officials said.

The surviving two, who have not been identified, were transported for observation, officials said.

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Duchess Meghan supports Serena Williams at Wimbledon

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Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images(LONDON) — A warm welcome, indeed!

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, was on hand Thursday at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club for Wimbledon.

“A warm welcome to the Duchess of Sussex on No.1 Court,” the tournament tweeted with a picture of Meghan looking stunning, per usual, in a white blazer.

 She was all smiles as she supported her friend and tennis great Serena Williams.

Meghan was with close pals Genevieve Hillis and Lindsay Roth. The Duchess’ son Archie is going to be christened this weekend.

Williams dropped the first set to Kaja Juvan Thursday but ultimately won the match, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

The latest royal appearance at the biggest tennis event of the year comes days after Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, visited Wimbledon Tuesday and sat Centre Court.

 Kate, who is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), also wore white and sported a chic collared midi dress with black buttons down the front by British designer Suzannah.

She even got a chance to meet and chat with British favorite and past Wimbledon champ, Andy Murray.

Kate grew up as an avid tennis player and huge fan. In 2017, she shared in a BBC One documentary on Wimbledon that tennis was a huge part of her life growing up and that watching the famed tournament made her want to become a tennis star.

“It inspires young people, including myself,” she continued. “Every time Wimbledon is on I am thinking, ‘Yes, I could do the same’ and get out the racket. Sadly, not the same results.”

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Miami Dolphins player Kendrick Norton has arm amputated after car accident, agent says

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iStock/felixmizioznikov(MIAMI) — Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton has “suffered multiple injuries” including an amputated arm from a car accident, his agent said.

Norton, 22, was driving at about 1:18 a.m. Thursday when his car struck a concrete barrier wall and flipped over, Lt. Alex Camacho of the Florida Highway Patrol said. The car landed on its roof, Camacho said.

The NFL player was taken to Ryder Trauma Center with severe injuries to his left arm, according to the highway patrol.

“We ask that you continue to pray for him,” Norton’s agent, Malki Kawa, tweeted Thursday morning. “His family also asks that the public respect Kendrick’s privacy.”

It’s not clear why the car overturned, Camacho said.

A second car was involved in the crash but that driver was not hurt, according to the highway patrol.

The Dolphins tweeted Thursday, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Kendrick and his family during this time.”

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