Earthquake: 3.4 quake strikes near Bakersfield

Earthquake: 3.1 quake strikes near Bakersfield, Calif.
Location of the epicenter of Tuesday afternoon’s quake near Bakersfield, Calif..

A magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported Tuesday afternoon at 3:21 p.m. Pacific time, near Bakersfield, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred about nine miles from Arvin, Calif., about 12 miles from Lamont, Calif., about 19 miles from Tehachapi, Calif. and about 24 miles from Rosedale, Calif. It was initially reported to be a magnitude 3.1 quake, but the USGS upgraded it Wednesday to a magnitude 3.4.

In the last 10 days, there have been no 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 4.3 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. Prepare yourself by following our five-step 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.


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