Aftershock that rocked Kern County remembered on 66th anniversary

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Aug. 22 is the 66th anniversary of the aftershock that changed Kern County.

In July of 1952 a 7.7 magnitude earthquake killed 12 people, and devastated Tehachapi and Arvin.

A month later, a 5.8 aftershock struck approximately six miles southeast of Bakersfield and crumbled most of Downtown.

Local historians say it was a major catastrophe, changing the landscape of the city completely.

The wreckage caused Kern County citizens to vote in favor of a major $17 million bond, which helped rebuild Bakersfield High School, and moved Bakersfield College from it’s original location on the BHS campus to it’s current location on the hill.

The earthquake also lead to the birth of the Valley Plaza Mall.

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