This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.Surveillance video shows vehicles in the driveway of a home in Ridgecrest shaking violently as man runs through the frame and a nervous cat bolts between cars. In the living room, frames fell off the walls and items were knocked off of shelves, video shows. Water sloshed out of the backyard pool too. The Sunland Street home is one of many rattled by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit the region Friday night. Donnie Morrison told KTLA he and his neighbors were in their front yards when the biggest quake hit.
“As soon as it started, you could tell it was a lot bigger even than even the one Thursday night,” he said. “It was just a lot more violent and a lot more movement going on.”As the shaking continued, Morrison and his neighbors decided to try to make their way away from the homes and trees and into the street. “The ground was moving around so much, we were having a hard time doing even that,” he said. Morrison’s cat, which was seen darting away in the surveillance video, is back home, he added. “The cat’s fine.” The quake struck roughly 10 1/2 miles from Ridgecrest at about 8:19 p.m., the U.S. Geological Survey reports. The epicenter was about 7 miles northwest of the 6.4 magnitude Fourth of July foreshock. The towns of Ridgecrest and Trona were particularly hard hit, and shaking was felt across Southern California and as far as Mexico, Sacramento and Las Vegas.
Damage in the affected region is still being assessed, but fire officials reported fires, outages, gas leaks and minor injuries.