Preliminary Magnitude-4.9 Earthquake Strikes Near Bakersfield Amid ‘Active’ Week in SoCal

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An earthquake struck near Bakersfield on Feb. 23, 2016. (Credit: USGS)

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A preliminary magnitude 4.9 earthquake struck about 22 miles from Bakersfield on Tuesday afternoon, within a week of two other California temblors over 4.0.

The quake struck at 4:02 p.m. at a depth of 0.2 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter was in farmland 22 miles west-northwest of Bakersfield and 4 miles south-southwest of Wasco, a Kern County city of about 26,000 residents.

I live in McFarland and it shook very hard,” one commenter on KTLA’s Facebook page stated.

USGS' "Did You Feel It?" map shows shaking was felt as far away as Los Angeles County during a Feb. 23, 2016 quake.
USGS’ “Did You Feel It?” map shows shaking was felt as far away as Los Angeles County during a Feb. 23, 2016 quake.

Weak-to-light shaking was felt in Bakersfield, Fresno, even Los Angeles County, according to USGS’ “Did You Feel It?” respondents.

A second quake — magnitude 2.6 — struck at 4:11 p.m. several miles away from the first.

A magnitude-4.3 earthquake struck Lucerne Valley on Feb. 19, and a magnitude-4.8 temblor hit near the town of Big Pine in the Eastern Sierra on Feb. 16.

“Active week in SoCal,” Lucy Jones, a seismologist with Caltech and USGS, said on Twitter.

The quake was felt in Los Angeles as a “roller.”

“This week is more active than average but still normal,” she said.

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