'There was screaming, there was chaos': Mom records shocking earthquake video during children's performance

A mom videotaped chaos and panic that ensued during a 6.4-magnitude California earthquake at a Fourth of July children’s play.

Yari Mower, a mother whose three children were performing “Our Country Tis of Thee” at Burroughs High School Performing Arts Center in Ridgecrest, Calif., captured the Thursday quake on camera.

“There was screaming, there was chaos. People were trying to get out — everything was shaking violently,” Mower, whose two other children were watching from the audience, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “It was the scariest thing I’ve ever been through.”

Thirty minutes into the performance featuring 65 children, the earthquake struck. While Mower believes that nobody was seriously injured, she says that a wall collapsed after the center was evacuated. No one has since been allowed back inside.

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People observe a mobile home in Ridgecrest, Calif. on Friday July 5, 2019. The home was knocked off its foundation in the Fourth of July earthquake. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)
Visitors look over a crack on Highway 178 between Ridgecrest and Trona, Calif., on Friday July 5, 2019. The strongest earthquake in 20 years shook a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on the July 4th holiday, rattling nerves and causing injuries and damage in a town near the epicenter, followed by a swarm of ongoing aftershocks. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)
United States Geological Survey (USGS) equipment is set up near a split in the pavement on Highway 178 between Ridgecrest and Trona, Calif., on Friday July 5, 2019. The strongest earthquake in 20 years shook a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on the July 4th holiday, rattling nerves and causing injuries and damage in a town near the epicenter, followed by a swarm of ongoing aftershocks. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)
Traffic drives over a patched section of Highway 178 between Ridgecrest and Trona, Calif., on Friday, July 5, 2019. The strongest earthquake in 20 years shook a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on the July 4th holiday, rattling nerves and causing injuries and damage in a town near the epicenter, followed by a swarm of ongoing aftershocks. The 6.4 magnitude quake struck Thursday in the Mojave Desert, about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles, near the town of Ridgecrest. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)
A child walks by one of the mobile homes knocked off its foundation by an earthquake in Ridgecrest, Calif., on Friday July 5, 2019. The strongest earthquake in 20 years shook a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on the July 4th holiday, rattling nerves and causing injuries and damage in a town near the epicenter, followed by a swarm of ongoing aftershocks. The 6.4 magnitude quake struck Thursday morning in the Mojave Desert, about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles, near the town of Ridgecrest. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)
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A damaged motorhome is seen red-taped after an earthquake, Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Ridgecrest, Calif. The strongest earthquake in 20 years shook a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on Thursday, rattling nerves on the July 4th holiday and causing injuries and damage in a town near the epicenter, followed by a swarm of ongoing aftershocks. The 6.4 magnitude quake struck at 10:33 a.m. in the Mojave Desert, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles, near the town of Ridgecrest, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)
Merchandise lies on the floor at a Family Dollar store seen through a window after an earthquake Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Trona, Calif. A strong earthquake rattled a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on Thursday, rattling nerves on the July 4th holiday and causing some damage in a town near the epicenter, followed by a swarm of aftershocks. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)
This photo shows damage on Highway 178 in Ridgecrest, Calif., following an earthquake in the area Thursday, July 4, 2019. The earthquake shook a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on Thursday, rattling nerves on the July 4th holiday and causing some injuries and damage in the town near the epicenter, followed by a swarm of ongoing aftershocks. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)
RIDGECREST, CA - JULY 05: On Friday morning Shalyn Pineda, regional supervisor of Kern Counties Libraries, at Ridgecrest Library help in picking up books knocked down by Thursday?s massive 6.4 earthquake that hit Ridgecrest. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
RIDGECREST, CALIFORNIA - JULY 04: A worker cleans up in a liquor store after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the area and knocked over bottles in the store on July 4, 2019 near Ridgecrest, California. The earthquake was the largest to strike Southern California in 20 years with the epicenter located in a remote area of the Mojave Desert. The temblor was felt by residents across much of Southern California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIDGECREST, CALIFORNIA - JULY 04: People walk near cracks in the road after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the area on July 4, 2019 near Ridgecrest, California. The earthquake was the largest to strike Southern California in 20 years with the epicenter located in a remote area of the Mojave Desert. The temblor was felt by residents across much of Southern California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Mower says the experience was “terrifying” and locals remain on edge. “Everyone’s on high alert, everyone’s on edge and everyone’s feeling anxiety.”

The mom praised her neighbors for supporting each other. “Even though a terrible thing happened today, I saw how our community helped each other out and our American spirit truly shown,” she wrote on Facebook.

Mower has lived in the area for 13 years, and has never felt an earthquake this strong. “It rattled everything,” she says.

In fact, the Fourth of July earthquake was the strongest that Southern California has seen in 20 years.

Representatives from Burroughs High School and the Ridgecrest Police Department could not immediately be reached by Yahoo Lifestyle for comment.

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