Very strong earthquake 48 Miles out of the Northern California coast (Ferndale, California)

Last update: March 10, 2014 at 6:29 am by By

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Update : Maximum theoretical shaking intensity (USGS) is reported as MMI IV (light shaking). The I Have Felt It reports we are receiving are confirming this intensity.

Update : this same area is an area who has frequent very strong earthquakes (M5 to M6). Very strong to massive ones are rather exceptional. Luckily most of these quakes are occurring far enough out of the coast to be harmless for the coastal cities.

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  1. 77km (48mi) WNW of Ferndale, California
  2. 81km (50mi) W of Eureka, California
  3. 85km (53mi) WNW of Fortuna, California
  4. 87km (54mi) W of McKinleyville, California
  5. 398km (247mi) NW of Sacramento, California

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 3.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-03-10 05:04:10

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 5 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 15:16 3.7 7 MAP I Felt It
  • Hydesville - Just felt a roller
  • Eureka - over before I knew it.
  • Fort Bragg CA 95437 - no damaged. weak shaking.
  • Napa, CA - At 3:48 am 10/21/2014 Was awakened by rumble noises and felt light shaking. I estimate the length of time for the shaking to be about 15 seconds.
  • EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 15:16 3.6 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 15:00 3.0 0 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 15:00 2.9 100 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 14:42 3.0 1 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 14:42 3.0 1 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 13:58 3.3 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 13:58 3.3 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 12:41 2.9 24 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 12:41 2.9 24 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 10:46 3.7 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 10:46 3.5 22 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Off Coast Of N. California Mar 10 10:28 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 10:28 4.5 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 10:18 3.4 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 10:18 3.4 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 09:57 2.5 23 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 09:57 2.5 24 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Rio Dell, California Mar 10 09:56 2.7 19 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 09:56 2.7 19 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 09:54 3.7 21 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 09:54 3.5 3 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 09:42 3.5 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 09:42 3.6 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 07:49 3.2 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 07:49 3.2 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 06:58 2.7 4 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 06:58 2.7 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 06:39 2.8 0 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 06:39 2.8 0 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 06:21 3.3 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 06:21 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 06:13 2.6 18 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 06:12 2.9 13 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 06:12 2.8 24 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 05:57 2.9 0 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 05:57 2.8 22 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Off Coast Of N. California Mar 10 05:51 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 05:51 4.8 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 05:51 4.4 18 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 05:43 2.9 1 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 05:43 3.4 160 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 05:41 3.5 23 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 05:41 3.0 24 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 05:36 3.8 17 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Off Coast Of Northern California Mar 10 05:36 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 05:36 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Offshore Northern California Mar 10 05:32 3.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 05:32 3.4 27 MAP I Felt It
    PTWC Off The Coast Of Northern California Mar 10 05:26 7.0 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Tucker - Very loud noise as whole house trembled. Very brief. Woke two school age children.
  • EUREKA CA - 20 seconds or so of moderate rolling and shaking earthquake. House moved greatly. No breakage
  • Chico - I heard the building shaking.. and i look up and my clothes are swaying in my closet and my blinds are swaying on my window.
  • Mendocino - No damage but lots of shaking and bumping and creaking
  • Eureka, Ca. - The local mooring piers shook and we felt concussions through a metal hulled boat.
  • Redding, CA - The shaking was apparent enough to make me go "hey, now that has to be an earthquake."
  • palo alto - at 10:25 pm, sunday local time
  • Eureka - Short rolling shake, longer than thirty seconds, things feel off the counters.
  • Paradise, Butte Co. - series of shakes and rolls, lasted maybe 30 seconds.
  • shingletown california - Birds in cage going crazy. Crystals hanging from windows swaying.
  • Arcata - Around 22:20 California, Pacific Time
  • Klamath Falls - Rolling feeling at 10:19pm for 5-10 seconds...very light.
  • Oregon - Layig in bed, felt my bed shaking like someone was shaking me to wake up. Blinds were rattling.
  • fort bragg - Pretty good shaking...bounced the pans on the stove...
  • Trinidad - lasted maybe a minute for the 1st one with an immediate short 30 second, 2nd shake
  • arcata california - building was shook up for quite a few seconds. a few things came off the shelves. made sure everything was okay, and felt two more shakes in the minutes following.
  • Red Bluff - Noticed a slight movement of the chair I was sitting in. Pretty much nothing else moved.
  • yreka - felt this sitting in computer chair,all keys on the wall shaking.
  • Crescent City,CA - I live in a trailer and it shook enough to spill my coffee. My Cockatoo tryed to warn us but we didn't know what he was squawking about. I still feel shaky.It was abouut 10:21 p.m..
  • Crescent City - Don't know at this time.
  • Weed - The earthquake made me feel "woozy." I could feel a slight rolling motion on the floor of the house. A hanging plant was swaying and objects on the shelf were slightly moving. If I was not sitting at rest, I may not have noticed it.
  • Covelo - We felt a series of rocking and shaking sensations in our home, in Covelo. It seemed to last 2-3 minutes. We have felt various smaller quakes over the years, and this one was the strongest we've felt here.
  • Brookings - A few bursts of rattling
  • O'Brien, OR - Rolling/shaking felt for about 10 seconds.
  • Mckinleyville, CA - felt the house start to shake a little then a little bit more then stopped right when I thought it was going to get big, thank god.
  • Ferndale - A few things fell and broke. Strong shaking for about 3 minutes.
  • Chico - solo se sintio un movimiento leve
  • Trinidad California - It rolled the ground gently rocking for about 10 seconds
  • Eureka - The shaking seemed to last longer than usual, followed by rolling for a few more seconds. I got up to steady the desk since it was shaking (the top tipped off in a previous earthquake bending the door hinge & cracking stained glass door)
  • Humboldt County - our house moves from side to side until the earthquake started to subside and then started going around in circles until it finally stop
  • Crescent city - A nice rolling one.. no damage. Thought husband was being smart! LOL!
  • Grants Pass ore - chair was shaking and lamp shade
  • Mendocino - At 10:20 p.m. March 10. Several small connected shakes. No known damage.
  • Klamath Falls - It shook my chimes and a bird cage hanging from the ceiling
  • Cottonwood - Felt a rolling under my seat that didn't quit. Hanging lamp swaying. Definitely an earthquake.
  • North Bend - My office chair rolled back and forth with me in it.
  • shingletown,ca - No property damaged but it shook my granddaughter's bed,rattled things on her wall and sent her shooting out of her room! It only shook our house for a few seconds. We're 27 miles east of Redding,Ca.
  • grants pass - Felt my bed shaking while watching tv. Startled my cats.
  • Weed - Felt like a train might be going by on the tracks nearby but there was no train. Ceiling fixtures were swaying. Kids didn't even notice it.
  • Campbell - Bird was going crazy all day, along with our Yorkie. Suddendly I felt a quick 1 second jolt in bed. I looked at the dog who then woke up and took off to the living room. Note: He is still acting up. I don't think we are done yet here.
  • San Francisco - Writing an email in bed here in the Richmond District to a friend when I felt my bed slightly shake and watched my iPad slightly shake. I emailed my question of a quake to my friend... I have experienced quakes all my life, and I have experience of how they can radiate out and far away.
  • Grass Valley - Very light
  • Grass Valley - approx. 10:19 p.m.~Long moderate shaking stated rattling dishes & pictures on the wall~then subsiding,only to continue with a light shaking~My little 8 year old nephew,who is sleeping over for the night, came out of the guest room saying~"Auntie my bed keeps shaking!"
  • westport CA - Nothing disturbed. There were (as would be expected in a larger quake at a distance) two phases: A shorter shaking followed by a longer shuddering. The shaking was prolonged-- probably over 5 seconds. And I could distinguish likely direction from the offshore west. My dog looked very surprised.
  • crescent city - Shook my whole house even cracked my wall
  • Redding - I was laying in bed and all of a sudden my body and the bed was shaking. At first, I thought it was just my body starting to shake. Chandelier swaying also.
  • brookings - like a sway n rumble
  • McCloud - Il letto ha oscillato per diverwi, lunghi secondi. La porta esterna ha sbattuto, la lampada ha oscillato. Nessun danno riportato.
  • Fort Bragg - It shook the house enough to wake both my wife and myself up - we were just going to sleep when we felt the tremors, maybe 30 seconds or so.
  • Camptonville - Sitting reading and could feel and hear house shaking for long rolling interval. Initially thought wind as beginning of a storm but sound of windows shaking in 150 year old house confirmed earthquake.
  • Ferndale, CA. - At 10:18 p.m. it hit hard, and what felt like forever. In reality I'd venture a guess it lasted for 30 seconds, then came the aftershocks. I live in a 127 yo house. The walls went from side to side with great intensity, it was rocking 3 ft . That's the strongest earthquake I've felt since 1994. Luckily, nothing in the house fell over. Grand Father clock stayed up right, and nothing came off the shelves. Original being from Nebraska, it was pretty scary. Then, I laughed.
  • Blue Lake, CA - This was the most pleasant quake that I have encountered (I'm a CA native and vividly remember Loma Prieta in 89). Very gentle, swaying motion. Very long in duration.
  • Chico - We felt our bed shaking and thought it was the dog only the dog wasn't on the bed. Then we discussed it while it was happening and watched various things slightly move: the leaves on our fake plant, our hats hanging on the wall, the curtains... but it wasn't powerful enough to move much else. We felt it for about a minute or slightly longer.
  • Merlin, Oregon - damage to one of the bedrooms ceiling's,, cracked sheet rock in brand new construction home
  • GEOFON Near Coast Of N. California Mar 10 05:18 6.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 05:18 6.9 7 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Bayview, California Mar 10 05:18 6.8 16 MAP I Felt It
  • Pacioma - My plates fell
  • WCATWC 40 Miles W Of Eureka California Mar 10 05:18 7.0 11 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ferndale, California Mar 10 05:04 3.3 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Mar 10 05:04 3.3 5 MAP I Felt It


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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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