Another quake — this one magnitude 7.1 — rattles Southland Friday, July 5

Another earthquake was felt in Ojai at 8:19 p.m. on Friday, July 5 — this one a 7.1 magnitude quake with its epicenter 11 miles north, northeast of Ridgecrest.
The quake was initially reported to be a magnitude 7.1, was downgraded to a magnitude 6.9 for a brief time, and then seismologists went back to their original estimate of magnitude 7.1.
The quake is reported to have been felt by millions in the Southland, reportedly moving some of the Channel Islands Harbor docks and possibly related to a power outage affecting about 800 Southern California Edison customers in Fillmore.
The magnitude 6.4 earthquake July 4 at 10:33 a.m. in Searles Valley in Kern County is now believed by earthquake experts to be a foreshock. According to seismologists, the only way to know if a quake is a foreshock (a quake that occurs before a larger quake and is related by time and distance) is after other larger quakes occur.
Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist and founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, Tweeted that the July 5 quake is "on the same fault as has been producing the Searles Valley sequence. This (Friday's quake) is part of the same sequence."
There is no tsunami threat because its epicenter is in Ridgecrest, according to the U.S. Geological Society.
He wrote:
“The city of Ojai, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ventura County Fire Protection District have extensive plans in place for a disaster: an Emergency Operations Center, notification system, and city employees trained to be disaster service workers. However, residents still need to be prepared, and be self-sufficient. In some disasters, even police and pire services will be unable to get to residents in time, and residents should be prepared to act.
“Below are some tips on how residents and businesses can be prepared by making a disaster supply kit, making an emergency communications plan, and staying informed:
“Make a kit:
During an emergency, you will probably not have time to shop or search for necessary items. A disaster-supply kit should provide a collection of basic items that household members may need in the event of a disaster. A disaster-supply kit can be used in your home if there is an extended power outage or it could be used if you have to leave your home and go to a shelter.
“A basic disaster-supply kit should include at least the following recommended items:
— Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
— Food, at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food.
— Battery-powered or hand crank radio and/or a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra
— First-aid kit.
— Whistle to signal for help.
— Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air.
— Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
— Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
— Can opener for food.
— Local maps.
— Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.
“Make a plan:
Emergency plans can help to make sure you keep in contact with important family and friends.
— Create and practice a family communications plan in case you are separated during an emergency.
— Select a family meeting spot where everyone can go in case you are separated.
— Make sure all family members have an emergency contact list. The contact list should include a friend or family member that lives out of state as it may be easier to make a non-local call
after an emergency.
— Learn where your city or town’s shelter is located and how to get there.
“Stay informed:
Reliable, accurate information is an essential resource before, during, and after an emergency or disaster.
— Visit for more information about preparing for a disaster, or to register with VCAlert and receive free emergency notifications from local officials.
— Visit for updates on emergency incidents, and to see current evacuations
and road closures.
— Learn about potential hazards in your own community.
— Follow the city of Ojai and the Ventura County Sheriff Office of Emergency Services on Facebook.
— Tune into Channel 10 on cable television or AM 1610 for updates.
—Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency webpage ( for preparedness checklists and toolkits.
“If you have any questions, contact the city of Ojai at 805-646-5581.”