Pair of earthquakes felt near Bakersfield

Map showing the location of a magnitude 3.8 earthquake near Bakersfield
A magnitude 3.8 earthquake was recorded near Bakersfield at 6:34 p.m. Sunday.
(U.S. Geological Survey)

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported Sunday at 6:34 p.m. seven miles from Bakersfield, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred nine miles from Rosedale, 10 miles from Shafter, 18 miles from Wasco and 20 miles from Oildale.

It was followed by a magnitude 3.0 quake at 7:02 p.m. in the same area.

In the last 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 first earthquake occurred at a depth of 10.5 miles, and the second was at 11.1 miles. Did you feel these earthquakes? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.

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