A small earthquake registered 3.5 on the Richter Scale and was centered four miles south-southwest of Shafter, about 18 miles from Bakersfield. It was reportedly felt in some parts of Bakersfield.
A spokesman at the Shafter Police Department said it felt like a sharp jolt, and the department got only one call, and that was a some one asking if there had been a quake.
A viewer told 17 News it sounded like a sonic boom, not an earthquake.
A spokesman for the Kern County Fire Department said stations on the county’s west side would remove fire trucks and engines from their stations as a precaution. That’s standard procedure after an earthquake, in case the shaker turns out to be the first of several.