Earthquake: 3.9 quake registered near Barstow, Calif.

A map of a reported 4.0 earthquake 23 miles outside of Barstow
A 3.9 quake was reported 23 miles outside of Barstow.

A magnitude 3.9 earthquake was reported Tuesday evening at 9:36 p.m. Pacific time 23 miles from Barstow, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred 25 miles from California City, Calif., 35 miles from Ridgecrest, Calif., 40 miles from Apple Valley, Calif. and 40 miles from Adelanto, Calif..

In the past 10 days, there have been two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.


An average of 234 earthquakes with magnitudes between 3.0 and 4.0 occur per year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three-year data sample.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 0.9 miles. Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.

Even if you didn’t feel this small earthquake, you never know when the Big One is going to strike. Ready yourself by following our five-step earthquake preparedness guide and building your own emergency kit.

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