The quake hit parts of Antelope Valley, California, near the state's border with Nevada.
Several aftershocks have followed, ranging from 2.5 to 4.9 on the Richter scale.
It was a relatively light earthquake, and few people likely noticed it if they were outside.
No damage was reported from the tremor on Thursday evening, but shaking was felt in areas across the southern part of the state.
Moderate tremors were felt in Reno and Carson City, and people as far away as Sacramento felt light shakes.
The California community experienced a series of earthquakes early Monday morning, with the largest a 4.0 magnitude centered just a few miles east of the Los Angeles International Airport.
The magnitude 4.0 earthquake on Monday was preceded by a magnitude 3.3 and 2.5 earthquakes.
The quake struck at around 11:14 p.m., according to the United States Geological Survey.
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A magnitude 3.4 quake struck on the border of Texas and Mexico, with people nearby saying they felt the tremor.
A warning has been issued after the quake hit southeast of the Loyalty Islands, east of Australia, on Wednesday.
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The tremors took place in regions siting on the San Andreas Fault, an 800-mile area of the state known for its turbulent tectonic activity.
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A magnitude 7 tremor was centered off Turkey's Izmir province, the US Geological Survey said, and was felt as far away as Athens and Istanbul.
Scientists are investigating the possibility the weight of the ancient lake may have caused more frequent, large ruptures on the fault.
Sections of the Alaska peninsula coast were under tsunami warnings on Monday after a quake struck in the North Pacific.
An earthquake briefly struck San Diego and other communities east of Los Angeles on Friday night, but the effects were minimal.
Scientists say this is the best-recorded earthquake swarm to hit Yellowstone and the team is now analyzing the data from it.
New Jersey residents were woken up by an earthquake at 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning, with shaking felt miles from the epicenter.
The ground deep below the Parkfield section of the fault was found to break frequently and melt the host rocks.
The swarm hit a section of the fault capable of producing earthquakes of magnitude 7 and above.
The LAFD confirmed there has been no loss of life or serious injury as a result of the magnitude 4.2 quake which hit early on Thursday.
The Ridgecrest earthquakes in July last year left scars on the surface of Earth that could be seen from space.
The earthquake swarm hit the northeast of the country, while increased activity has been identified at Grímsvötn toward the south.