barstow earthquake

LAS VEGAS (FOX5)-- Several residents around the valley are feeling aftershocks from an earthquake that rattled an area near Barstow, CA.

According to the United States Geological Survey, A 4.6 magnitude earthquake rattled an area Northeast of Barstow, California.

Reports of aftershocks came pouring in from residents around the valley around 7:00 p.m. 

At this time there are no reports of damage in the Las Vegas area.

Friday night’s aftershock had a lot of people in Las Vegas second-guessing themselves.

“At first I thought it was the wind, but it was too strong to be the wind,” FOX5 viewer Phil Ybarra said. “Kind of like rocking back and forth like if you were trying to rock a baby to sleep.”

Ybarra said it only lasted for a few seconds.

“I was talking to my colleague and I thought that I had sat back in my chair and it rocked,” NWS meteorologist Todd Lericos said. “But it kept happening for like another second or two so I was like that was kind of strange.”

Lericos said his co-worker who was sitting right next to him didn’t feel anything.

The 2.9 aftershock was the result of a quake 140 miles away.

“I mean a bump in the bed is almost as strong as a 2.9,” Joshua Bonde said. Bonde is the curator at the Natural History Museum.

“There’s actually just an aftershock that just happened,” Bonde said as FOX5 was interviewing him on Saturday afternoon.

But he added we won’t feel most of those aftershocks.

“There could be hundreds if not thousands of aftershocks from any given earthquake,” Bonde said.

Bonde said there’s only a 5% chance this quake could mean something bigger is on the way.

“There's a small possibility that the one we experienced yesterday is a foreshock of what's to come,” he said. “But the problem with that is we don't know they're foreshocks until there's a bigger one.”

That’s what happened in July. The Las Vegas valley felt the aftershocks of two big back-to-back earthquakes out of Ridgecrest. Bonde said those earthquakes didn’t have anything to do with the most recent one.

“They're on different faults, different mountain ranges,” he said. “Living in Nevada, we should expect earthquakes at any given time. When activity occurs on a dramatic rather than the stereotypical geologic scale, it always gets a little exciting.”

“This has been quite a few now that we've felt over six, eight months or so,” Lericos said. “Clearly there's activity going on along those faults in California, so it's kind of interesting to see what's next, right?”

Report earthquakes or aftershocks to the USGS here.  

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