RIDGECREST — Carmen Morena pulled out a mattress onto her front lawn, dressed it, and laid on top of it after the magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Ridgecrest on Friday night.

Through a translator, Morena said Saturday she felt safer outside, tucked under the shade of a tree, rather than inside her home. She'd never felt an earthquake quite like this one — it was the strongest one she's experienced, and she's lived in California a long time.

Maureen Strode can be reached at 661-395-7491. Follow her on Twitter: @maureenstrode.

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