RIDGECREST (KRON) — Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a state of emergency declaration Thursday night after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck in Southern California.

The declaration was issued because of the impact of the quake and damage to infrastructure and homes.

Because of the declaration, state agencies will provide assistance in Kern County and help with the recovery following the strong earthquake.

The quake struck Southern California just after 10:30 a.m., with the epicenter in the town of Ridgecrest in Kern County.

The quake was widely felt in the Los Angeles area and even into Nevada.