A massive earthquake rattled Southern California Friday morning, shaking homes and killing at least seven people, including a pregnant woman.
It was centered just north of San Diego, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Los Angeles, officials said.
More than 50,000 people were without power in California and the region, but authorities were urging people to stay inside.
A strong tremor was felt in the coastal town of Palmdale, just west of San Francisco, as well as in Palm Springs, which is about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of Bakersfields.
The earthquake struck just after 3:30 a.m. local time (0530 GMT), according to the US Geological Survey.
The quake was centered near the town of San Jose, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of Bakerfield, the USGS said.
It struck at a depth of about 1,800 feet (370 meters).
The earthquake was felt as far away as Fresno, where the epicenter was located, and as far south as San Luis Obispo, according to reports from the National Weather Service and the US National Weather SERVICE.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The epicenter of the quake was about 5 miles (8 kilometers) northeast of the town.
In Bakersburn, a suburb of Bexar County, there was a large number of people evacuated, said Kevin Pugh, a Bakersbrough resident.
There were no reports of injuries, Pugh said.
“I have never felt anything like it in my life.
The power was gone for an hour and a half, and then we heard a loud boom,” he said.
People were taking shelter in cars, and a building in Bakersborough was being evacuated, he said, adding that some of the residents were taking the heat of the building.
The USGS and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said that the quake caused at least $8.3 billion in damage.
The damage could exceed $30 billion, said the USGRA.
The agency reported that the epicentre was in a shallow canyon, which was shallow enough to cause a quake.
A man wearing a protective mask checks a power line after the Bakersbrook quake in Bakerburn, California, U.S., December 8, 2017.
In California, at least five people were killed and more than a dozen were injured in separate earthquakes.
In San Diego County, about 5,500 people were evacuated, according in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
“The first quake shook houses and knocked down power lines.
People had to go outside because they couldn’t keep their lights on,” resident Chris Smith told the newspaper.
“Then I heard the second quake and a little bit of a second tremor, which shook buildings and knocked them down.
Then it was just another wave of shaking and shaking and the people were running outside and yelling.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.