Local woman visiting California feels shake of 7.1 magnitude earthquake

A Wichita woman was visiting family in California when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook the southern part of the state Friday night.

Alexis Cunningham recalls the moments the earthquake hit. 

"Wow, it feels like someone is in the back of our car just shaking our car," said Cunningham.

She and her family were roughly four hours from the epicenter, but could still feel the shake.

Timeline of Earthquake: 

RIDGECREST, Calif - The Latest on Southern California's strongest earthquake in 20 years (all times local):

   8:30 p.m.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 has jolted Southern California, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at 8:19 p.m. Friday and was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest, where a magnitude 6.4 quake struck on Thursday. The agency initially said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.1.

The quake was felt downtown as a rolling motion that seemed to last at least a half-minute. It was felt as far away as Las Vegas, and the USGS says it also was felt in Mexico.

If the preliminary magnitude is correct, it would be the largest Southern California quake in 20 years.

   ------

   4 p.m.

Seismologists say there have been 1,700 aftershocks in the wake of the strongest earthquake to hit Southern California in 20 years but the chances of another large temblor are diminishing.

A magnitude 5.4 quake at 4:07 a.m. Friday is so far the strongest aftershock of Thursday's 6.4 quake, which struck in the Mojave Desert near the town of Ridgecrest.

Zachary Ross of the California Institute of Technology says the number of aftershocks might be slightly higher than average. He also says a quake of that size could continue producing aftershocks for years.

The quake caused some damage to buildings and roads in and around Ridgecrest. 

However, seismologists say it's unlikely the quake will affect any fault lines away from the immediate area, such as the mighty San Andreas.

   ------

   1:20 p.m.

The city of Los Angeles is planning to reduce the threshold for public notifications by its earthquake early warning app, but officials say it was in the works before Southern California's big earthquake Thursday.

The ShakeAlert LA app was designed to notify users of magnitudes of 5.0 or greater and when a separate intensity scale predicts potentially damaging shaking.

Robert de Groot of the U.S. Geological Survey says lowering the magnitude to 4.5 was already being worked on and had been discussed with LA as recently as a day before Thursday's magnitude 6.4 quake centered in the Mojave Desert.

The shaking intensity levels predicted for LA were below damaging levels, so an alert was not triggered.

 Mayor's office spokeswoman Andrea Garcia also says the lower magnitude threshold has been in the planning stages and an update to the system is expected this month.

   ------
 

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE

  • Most Popular Stories

    • OKC Animal Welfare

      Animal shelter wants you to raid it instead of Area 51

      Before you storm Area 51, you might want to make a stop in Oklahoma. One animal shelter is inviting people to storm its Oklahoma City location and pick up some adorable tin-foil-hat-wearing critters to "protect you from the Area 51 aliens." 

    • WPD investigating after man shot, killed in Wichita

      Wichita Police are investigating after a man was shot and killed late Friday night.  

    • Officials are investigating a crash in north Wichita

      Before one on Saturday dispatchers responded to the area of 53rd street North and Gow for a crash leaving at least one person in critical condition.  

    • Erin Richwine, and her husband, Casey, have been planning their trip to the Dam Music Festival in El Dorado since last year. "Back in October, they had put out a deal on their website, it said the prices won't be any lower than this. Get them now, they're 89-bucks," says Casey Richwine.  Their group bought more than a dozen tickets, hoping to get the best deal, but months later, they realized they didn't. "July 4th, all of the sudden prices dropped to 50-bucks.&...

    • Brady Newman-Caddell (KCTV)

      Man sentenced in rape, kidnapping of Kansas deputy

      A Missouri man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for kidnapping and raping a Kansas sheriff's deputy.

    • KCTV

      Body of missing 13-year-old boy recovered from Kansas lake

      Authorities have recovered the body of  a 13-year-old boy in Clinton Lake in the Lawrence area.

    • Family of baby that was cut from slain mother's body still receiving bills for his care

      A Chicago family can’t seem to wake from the nightmare they faced when a young mom was murdered in April and had her newborn -- who died about two months later -- cut from her stomach. 

    • Residents taking advantage of fishing salvage in Newton

      Newton residents are taking advantage of the fishing salvage, where they can fish with hands, nets or rods and reels.

    • Authorities: Missing toddler drove battery-powered tractor to county fair

      A 2-year-old Minnesota boy was apparently so eager to get to a county fair that he drove back himself on his toy John Deere tractor. 

    • Kansans react to new state vaccination rules

      The KDHE says Kindergarten and First Grade students need two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine, and seventh graders and some juniors in high school need a meningitis vaccine. All that, before the fall semester begins.