The epicenter was 35.488N 118.284W; or 11 miles south-southeast of Weldon, 14 miles southeast of Lake Isabella, 14 miles south-southwest of Onyx, 35 miles west-southwest of Ridgecrest and 99 miles north of the of the Los Angeles Civic Center.
Within minutes of the shake, people in at least four postal zip code areas had reported feeling the earthquake.
The earthquake was about four miles beneath the surface at a magnitude of 3.6.
No damage was reported or expected.
Weld is a small community in Kern County. Counties bordering Kern are Monterey, Kings, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, Ventura, Los Angeles, Inyo and San Bernardino.
In 1952, a major earthquake that rolled in Kern County "was the largest in the conterminous United States since the San Francisco shock of 1906," according to the USGS. "It claimed 12 lives and caused property damage estimated at $60 million. MM intensity XI was assigned to a small area on the Southern Pacific Railroad southeast of Bealville."