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Wednesday, Feb 19 2014 04:46 PM

Noisy 3.7 earthquake shakes Tehachapi area

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This map from the USGS shows the area and intensity of a 3.7 earthquake which hit the Tehachapi area on Feb. 19, 2014.

The United States Geological Service reports that a 3.7 earthquake occurred at 4:34 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, with its epicenter 18 km north of Golden Hills, Tehachapi.

The quick jolt was felt throughout the general Tehachapi area and was described as "noisy" by several people who experienced it.

No reports of damage had been made at the time of this post.

Comments made on the Tehachapi News Facebook page described the earthquake.

"It was noisy, but did not feel the shaking," said Mayra Leach. Tammy Winn noted that near Brite Lake the quake was like "a big boom and a whole lot of shaking."

Barbara Langston, who lives on the floor of Bear Valley, said she didn't hear any noise except the house shifting and "just one jolt." Kim Bayer also heard it and felt it in Bear Valley Springs. Another BVS neighbor, Lindsey Margrave, said it made her house jump and freaked out her dog.

Mary Ureno said "my whole house shook and my dog jumped off the floor."

Richard Felter lives in town and said the earthquake was startling. Valerie Montgomery, who lives in town, said it "was quick, maybe two seconds. Felt like a back and forth motion."

Donna Moran said it was a "sharp jolt" on Old West Ranch.

Sheri Carter in Stallion Springs said she didn't notice the earthquake but another Stallion Springs resident, Sandy Young, said she felt it and it caused the glassware in her hutch to rattle.

Numerous earthquakes regularly occur in California. This was the largest shock to hit Kern County within the last week. The great 1952 earthquake, a 7.3 on the Richter scale, caused significant damage in Tehachapi and killed 12 people.

CLICK HERE for more information about the quake and to report what you felt to the USGS.

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