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Valley residents feel California earthquake

Posted at 10:13 AM, Jul 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-06 21:19:17-04

Did you feel it? Some Valley residents reported feeling California's recent earthquakes.

Friday's earthquake that struck northeast of Ridgecrest, California was five times bigger and 11 times stronger than Thursday's 6.4 -magnitude earthquake, also centered near Ridgecrest, CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller said.

Viewer videos sent to ABC15 showed pool water sloshing back and forth in Valley pools, and lights and wind chimes swaying.

The Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets NBA Summer League matchup in Nevada was canceled following the quake.

Fortunately, no damage has been reported in Arizona.

Dr. Michael Conway, with the Arizona Geological Survey at the University of Arizona, says Arizona could still see some very large earthquakes. Conway says parts of Arizona are capable of producing earthquakes of a similar magnitude as California.

"In northern Arizona, central Arizona, southwestern Arizona, and southeastern Arizona," he said.
Conway says buildings built after the 1960s can withstand the shaking we'd likely feel in the Phoenix area.

"There certainly should concern for older buildings that have not been prepared or retrofitted," said Conway.

On Saturday morning, the USGS said the chance of another 7-magnitude or higher earthquake is only 3 percent-- possible but with a low probability.

On the other hand, the chance of a 3-magnitude or higher earthquake hitting the area is over 99 percent.

If you captured video of the earthquake experienced here in Arizona, send your videos to