On July 4, 2019, a M6.4 earthquake shook Ridgecrest, California. A M7.1 earthquake followed a little over a day later. These earthquakes struck a sparsely populated, desert area of California. Had these earthquakes occurred closer to an urban area, the damage could have been much worse.
This video provides reflections from a diverse group of United States Geological Survey (USGS) scientists and staff one year after the Ridgecrest, CA earthquakes. In their own words, USGS employees recollect on their individual experiences and their initial steps to respond to the earthquakes. This short video provides a narrative on how scientists communicate with the media and government agencies to help calm the fears of the general public following a series of moderate earthquakes.