The earthquake was recorded at 5:39 a.m. PT, at ground level at 6.141N 118.064W; or 31 miles south of Lone Pine, 41 miles north-northwest of Ridgecrest, 53 miles east of Porterville and 57 miles east of Lindsay.
The earthquake was felt in areas representing 18 postal zip codes, according to the USGS.
In most areas, the shaking was described as weak to light.
No damage was reported or expected.
The earthquake was initially recorded at a scale of 4.7.
"Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are highly resistant to earthquake shaking, though some vulnerable structures exist," according to the USGS. "Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides and liquefaction that might have contributed to losses."
Lone pine is an unincorporated community of about 2,000 in Inyo County.
It is a popular tourist area, having a frontier look at being located near Kings Canyon National Park, Death Valley National Park and several other attractions.