Moderate earthquake in Central California (Corcoran – Visalia area)

Last update: December 13, 2013 at 7:19 pm by By

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Relatively  near Interstate 5 and Corcoran.

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Theoretical shaking map

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Map indicates that people perceived the shaking as stronger than theoretical models

Maximum weak shaking based on theoretical USGS models

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Theoretical analysis of the potential shaking in nearby cities. MMI II (very weak shaking) should normally not have been felt, which was however the case. Our opinion : add 1 point and it will resemble reality (as it was also reported by readers of USGS).

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24km (15mi) NNW of Lost Hills, California
35km (22mi) SE of Avenal, California
39km (24mi) SW of Corcoran, California
49km (30mi) WNW of Wasco, California
341km (212mi) SSE of Sacramento, California

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.1

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-12-12 23:49:57

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-12-13 07:49:57

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 26 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Central California Dec 13 07:49 4.2 29 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Fresno - Felt like the earth moved quickly under our relatively large campus building and then the little pictures on my office wall started swinging back and forth for about 15 seconds. I was on the 2nd floor of the building.
  • Lindsay, CA - no known damage
  • Lindsay, California - Woke up from strong jolt in bed. Window broke and ceiling cracked. ER : did this happen on December 12 earthquake (local time) ? please let us know
  • Visalia California - At gas station,pumping gas,shaking from south to north. 2 sec stop 3 sec stop moderate.
  • Visalia California - My bed shaking woke me up.
  • Visalia - Was in bed and felt the bed shake for a second. Only lasted a second or 2
  • Lemoore - It was around 11pm on 12/12/13. My wife had just got off the phone with her sister talking about how she thinks her apartment is haunted. The bed shook for about 3 seconds. She thought I shook it, but told her it wasn't me. She was nervous. I suggested it was a tremor.
  • Visalia - I was next to window and there was a loud Boom sound the window was vibrating, it was around 11:50 pm. It felt like a bus had hit our home, like a tree fell on it.
  • Visalia - Was awaken by a strong jolt and rumble for a quick 2 seconds. Also birds flying around in their cage at the same time. Neighborhood dogs barking in the distance.
  • Madera CA - All on 2nd story workplace felt 1 large then 1 immediate small sideways shake of chair, floor. No damage
  • Visalia - I woke up shortly before midnight because of a single jolt.
  • Tempe - Woke to ground shaking, searched the internet for an hour to see if someone else did to no avail.
  • Visalia - I was laying in my bed with my fiance and we felt a hard shake when we were laying in the bed and we did not know it was it felt like an earthquake but at that time we didn't know anyone really scary my boyfriend mediately said it was an earthquake I didn't believe him at that point but I can't believe I'm scared
  • Visalia - Laying in bed and felt like something impacted the house. One strong jolt and it was over just as fast. I did hear an odd noise beforehand
  • Farmersville - I felt my window shake then I heard my AC unit making a shaking noise I woke my husband he said to turn of heater it might be going bad. I was worried for my child sleeps right under AC unit is on her side if the house and fish tank moved slit bit more than normal.
  • Visalia - Felt very strong jolt around 11:50ish. Sounded like a big vehicle had ran into a house or what a car explosion would have felt like. Sitting on carpet and after the jolt, the floor moved underneath me. Christmas tree ornaments shook, standing lamp rattled against wall, pictures on wall rattled, windows shook. Dogs barking all over neighborhood. A couple of car alarms went off.
  • Visalia - Woke up in the middle of the night and windows and house was shaking and rattling pretty loud
  • porterville,ca - I was asleep and then I felt my bed shaking and it woke me up it was around 11:50
  • Farmersville - Felt bed move for a second then it stopped dogs were barking so I thaught I was just imaging things. Well it's bond to happen sooner or later. Heard Cali is waiting for a huge shake to end half our state. Just wait & see I say. Anything is possible in Cali.
  • Tulare - I had just had surgery that day and was sleeping on the couch. Felt a strong jolt and then shaking for about 5 seconds. The next day we found a crack in our sidewalk from the earthquake.
  • Visalia - Scared the heck out of me. I spoke in French. shook the whole Costco building
  • USGS Lost Hills, California Dec 13 07:49 4.1 22 MAP I Felt It
  • Dinuba - knocked over lamp
  • Clovis - My bird was going crazy and my two story house was shaking.
  • Corcoran - My cupboards shook slightly.
  • Visalia - I thought a cat jumped on the back of my chair and then realized what was going on. It jolted again and it was over.
  • Corcoran - Walls Shook, You Could Hear It Like It Was A Strong Wind Or something
  • Visalia - I checked "light shaking", but it was really more like a jolt followed by a rumble. Our cat was on the table getting in my way as I was trying to write something. He jumped and looked around for a few seconds as he knew something unusual had happened. He got off the table and stopped bothering me! Thank you, earthquake! No damage here.
  • USGS Lost Hills, California Dec 13 07:49 4.1 22 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Central California Dec 13 07:49 4.1 26 MAP I Felt It INFO


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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