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4km (2mi) SSW of Idyllwild, California
15km (9mi) ESE of Valle Vista, California
19km (12mi) ESE of East Hemet, California
22km (14mi) ESE of Hemet, California
433km (269mi) W of Phoenix, Arizona

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 3.63

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-12-30 15:44:22

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-12-30 23:44:22

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 19.59 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Idyllwild, California Dec 30 23:44 3.6 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Hemet - Nothing damaged, but very strong shaking and rumbling. My dogs barked right before it happened...the I realized why.
  • Cathedral City - One loud sudden short bang which rattled dishes and glasses in cupboards and china cabinet, knocked pictures a little off level, shook the rafters and foundation, and unsettled the animals (one of which was visibly unsettled beforehand) which have grown up experiencing earthquakes. No discernible after quake residuals.
  • Escondido, CA - Felt like violent settling of the building I was in.
  • Palm Desert - Loud bang felt at 1:33am on 12/31/13.
  • Rancho Mirage - Felt bed shake
  • Palm Springs - A pronounced hard jolt, accompanied by sharp cracking sound of one of the support beams in the living room (mid century post and beam home). the crack extends midway horizontally and vertically so this damage requires immediate repair.
  • Ldyllwild - No damage but heard a deep roar coming and then the house began shaking/creaking
  • Idyllwild, CA - The 04/09/2014,a loud bang preceded roughly 30-40 minutes prior (related or not related unknown.)The quake itself was usual; you hear it (roar)and then you feel the intense impact, but no long-term shaking/swaying. (dogs slept through it!)
  • Huntington Beach - No damage - pretty good jolt though
  • Dana Point - No damage. Shook the 2-story office building, but nothing fell.
  • Laguna Beach - This was a good role with lots structure noise.
  • Huntington Beach - Heard my sheds rattle. Very quick!
  • Dana Point - Quite the jostle. Lasted a few seconds. Dogs went pretty nuts. -Dana Point CA
  • Ranch Palose Verdes - One Big Bang. Like a sonic boom. Building shook with one jolt.
  • San Clemente - Heard it more than felt it. Rattled doors!
  • Newport Beach - Felt and Heard it.. Wonder why it can't be found online
  • San Pedro - I felt jolts that lasted a few seconds and it was loud and the shaking was like a rattling jolt and not the swaying type.
  • San Clemente - Loud noise, with rattling the house very strong, but didn't feel much movement in the ground, weird one...
  • EMSC Southern California Dec 30 23:44 3.7 19 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Borrego Springs, California Dec 30 18:32 3.3 10 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) ?
    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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