August 17, 2021
E11: 1952 Bakersfield Earthquake

During the summer of 1952, Bakersfield-actually, most of Kern County-experienced an earthquake, and a string of aftershocks that forever changed our city's landscape. Besides the tragic loss of lives, the earthquake altered d...


During the summer of 1952, Bakersfield-actually, most of Kern County-experienced an earthquake, and a string of aftershocks that forever changed our city's landscape. Besides the tragic loss of lives, the earthquake altered downtown Bakersfield's architecture that took shape immediately following the quake. 

I had some questions regarding the 1952 earthquake and turned to Emily Fisher, a local geologist with a wealth of knowledge about earthquakes.