Shook moderately hard here for 30-40 seconds, got bigger as it went. Probably a lot bigger somewhere else than here. Lasted almost a minute, all tolled.
Near Ridgecrest, BFE out in the Mojave Desert.
Halfway from LA to Vegas, and north.
Fort Irwin and China Lake probably got the f**k rattled out of it.
The epicenter was 10.72 miles from the center of the runways at China Lake NWS, on a bearing of 82.72°, according to GoogleEarth. USGS puts the coordinates at 35.7052N, and 117.506W.
Right in the middle of a big dirt nothing.
It's about 11 miles from the town center of Ridgecrest, and about 400 yards from the nearest building at China Lake.
That's over 100 mi. from where I'm sitting.
The people close to that are going to be in some major doo-doo, and definitely in need of a fresh set of underwear.
I tried to post a report on the USGS "Did You Feel It?" site, because it helps them get an idea of where and how strong it was beyond raw seismograph data, but it was locked up (from traffic, most likely), which is never a good sign.
According to the interactive shake map, it was felt by people from Phoenix AZ to Chico CA, which is about halfway from Sacramento to the Oregon state line.
It's good that this was in such a lightly populated to virtually uninhabited area.
(Still waiting for any reports of any local casualties.)
If this had been, say, right under downtown L.A., with acres of pre-1933 construction masonry buildings, it would probably be a body count in the three- to five-figure range by tomorrow.