Earthquake: Mother Earth is powerful 'and there's nothing you can do about it. Nothing'

Patty Talahongva

Two longtime residents caught by surprise of the 7.1 earthquake say it's better to be prepared

Monica Holmes grew up in Southern California and Jennifer Varenchik has lived in the area for several years both are veterans of earthquakes and both were shocked when the 7.1 quake shook them out of complacency last Friday night.

Holmes lives in Riverside, California. She’s Hopi, Yavapai Apache and Laguna. The last time she felt an earthquake of this magnitude was decades ago. She was home when the quake hit.

Varenchik was enjoying a movie when the building started moving.

Both women say their families were not harmed in this quake.Both are rethinking a family emergency plan that includes a good way to communicate during such emergencies. The area is still experiencing aftershocks with nearly 1,000 aftershocks recorded in the past 24 hours, according to the U.S. Geological Service's earthquake tracker. Federal funds were allocated for the area but no tribes in either San Bernardino or Kern Counties were affected by the earthquakes. 

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Earthquake map, via USGS earthquake tracker. 
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I have family in the Ridgecrest area and all of the current seismic activity is highly unusual - attributed to all of the testing at China Lake military base. No news anywhere seems to be discussing this - any one out there have any more info?