Another major earthquake has hit the Ridgecrest area in Kern County, and people in Fontana and all around Southern California felt its effects.
The quake measured 7.1 and took place at 8:19 p.m. on July 5, the day after a 6.4 quake rattled Ridgecrest. It was upgraded in strength after previously being called a 6.9 quake.
The quake on July 5 was one in a long series of more than 100 aftershocks that seismologists had warned would take place.
The damage in Ridgecrest was still being assessed.
"This event is an important reminder that all of California is earthquake country," said Glenn Pomeroy, the CEO of the California Earthquake Authority, in a statement after the July 4 quake. "Earthquakes can happen at any time -- a magnitude 5.6 earthquake occurred on our northern coast just a couple of weeks ago -- and we need to be prepared. It’s important to know what to do to stay safe when the ground starts shaking -- drop, cover and hold on! -- and to take other steps to prepare to survive and recover from damaging earthquakes, such as to retrofit homes built prior to 1980 and the advent of modern building codes, which may be more vulnerable to earthquake damage, and consider earthquake insurance to protect ourselves financially.
"If this earthquake had occurred under a densely populated area, it is likely that California would be looking at many more injuries and at damages in the billions of dollars."
Many residents of southern Fontana have been concerned over the past month about a swarm of more than 1,000 small quakes which have struck the area of Fontana's border with Riverside County. None of those quakes had been stronger than a 3.2 magnitude.