Do you remember where you were on August 17, 1995? At 3:39 pm on that day an earthquake with magnitude 5.4 occurred just 11 miles north of Ridgecrest, shaking the entire area and spawning over 2,500 aftershocks over the next several weeks. A second earthquake struck the surrounding area on September 20, 1995 at 4:28 pm with magnitude 5.8 which was one of the largest earthquakes to hit southern California at that time. There were over 1,900 aftershocks recorded following the first 2 weeks after this quake according to the Southern California Earthquake Data Center.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) states there are about 10,000 earthquakes in Southern California each year, however most of them are so small they are not even felt. Most recently there were reports of 2 earthquakes within 5 hours of each other on December 5, 2018. A magnitude 4.7 quake in the Mojave Desert, 55 miles northwest of Ridgecrest at 1:40 pm, and then a 2.1 quake in Panorama City around 6:30 pm.
The American Red Cross website goes into detail on what to do before, during and after an earthquake. It states if you are inside during an earthquake you should drop, cover and hold on. Once the shaking has subsided use stairs to exit the building if necessary and be aware of your surroundings, checking yourself for injuries and prepare for aftershocks. It also states that you should look for and extinguish any fires, which are the most common hazard after an earthquake.
For tips on how to prepare for an earthquake or what to include in an emergency preparedness kit you can visit the American Red Cross website. You can also to download the NOAA radio app and the American Red Cross Emergency Alerts app to your smartphone. Do you have any tips or ways that you have prepared for an earthquake?