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Valley residents feel the rumble of second large earthquake in two days


Another large earthquake hit California Friday.

The USGS initially put it at a 7.1, then downgraded to a 6.9. Now it’s once again being called a 7.1.

“All of a sudden it’s like my car was being rumbled like a teeter-totter. It was weird I didn’t feel very safe, I felt like the floor was going to start cracking underneath me or something,” Mason Varnett said.

It was the second large earthquake in two days.

“Today I felt it. It was the first earthquake I’ve ever experienced,” David Renovato said.

It struck at 8:19 p.m centered near Ridgecrest — the same area as the 6.4 Thursday morning. Like the previous, it too was felt throughout the valley.

“It’s along the same fault system that produced yesterday’s 6.4 earthquake. So it turns out that that earthquake was a forshock for this larger earthquake.” Christopher Pluhar Fresno State Geoscientist.

“We were at home and it seemed like it lasted a long time and then we looked out at our pool and the water was sloshing all over the place,” Nick Dumas said.

“I was at the restaurant here two stores down and we were eating dinner and felt the table shake and the walls, because I was sitting by the wall,” Emmanuel Perez said.

Tad Haroldson said he was driving and did not feel it, but saw others who did. “I was in the car driving down to do some deliveries near Kings Canyon and Peach and I got out and there was a bunch of residents outside,” he said.

Some were already prepared for whatever comes next.

“We have go bags ready. We have backpacks with extra everything in there, water pills, clothes, anything you can think of we have it ready,” Diane Rivera said.

Kern County has requested emergency responders from Fresno to help in Ridgecrest.

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