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The earthquake, which measured 7.5 on the moment magnitude scale and was felt from San Francisco to the Mexican border, destroyed the nearby communities of Tehachapi and Arvin.
Bakersfield lies near the southern "horseshoe" end of the San Joaquin Valley, with the southern tip of the Sierra Nevada just to the east.They include: North Bakersfield, Northeast, Southeast, South Bakersfield, Southwest, and Northwest.East Bakersfield generally refers to the former town of Sumner (later renamed East Bakersfield).The more built-up urban area that includes Bakersfield and areas immediately around the city, such as East Bakersfield, Oildale and Rosedale, has a population of approximately 464,000.The city is a significant hub for both agriculture and oil production.The city limits extend to the Sequoia National Forest, at the foot of the Greenhorn Mountain Range and at the entrance to the Kern Canyon.
To the south, the Tehachapi Mountains, rising more than a vertical mile, feature the historic Tejon Ranch.
Summers are very hot and there are extended stretches of hot weather with 108 afternoons per year above 90 °F or 32.2 °C (on average between April 19 and October 12); Winters feature mild daytime temperatures, though frost can occasionally occur, often coming with dense tule fog and low visibility, causing many schools to have fog delays as long as three hours.
The official time frame for tule fog to form is from November 1 to March 31.
making it the ninth-most populous city in California and the 52nd-most populous city in the nation.
The Bakersfield–Delano Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Kern County, had a 2010 census population of 839,631, making it the 62nd largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Aftershocks, for the next month, had become normal to Bakersfield residents, until August 22 at pm a 5.8 earthquake struck directly under the town's center in the most densely populated area of the southern San Joaquin Valley.