Magnitude 3.1 earthquake strikes near Ridgecrest

A magnitude 3.1 earthquake struck near Ridgecrest, Calif., late Friday.

A magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported at 11:45 p.m. Friday 15 miles from Ridgecrest, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred 43 miles from California City, 65 miles from Tehachapi, 68 miles from Bakersfield and 71 miles from Porterville.

In the past 10 days, there have been 15 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 1.8 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.

This story was automatically generated by Quakebot, a computer application that monitors the latest earthquakes detected by the USGS. A Times editor reviewed the post before it was published. If you’re interested in learning more about the system, visit our list of frequently asked questions.