Ridgecrest earthquake packed the power of 45 nuclear bombs, but its impact was muted

“If this earthquake had been on the Garlock fault, then, yeah, Bakersfield, the cities in the Mojave Desert, would have been impacted more strongly, and L.A. would have felt stronger shaking,” Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson said. “You generate energy, it piles up and it heads toward the west and south.”