Minor earthquake - Carmel-by-the-sea, California on March 8, 2014

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Magnitude : 3.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-03-08 04:53:20

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-03-08 12:53:20

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 3.6 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Carmel-by-the-sea, California Mar 08 12:53 3.4 3 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Venice CA 90291 - Got my attention!
  • Santa Monica - Kurz, als wolle jemand unsere glastüre 1x voll rammen. Waren beim abendessen.
  • Pacific Grove - Woke 2 of us up out of sleep.
  • Carmel - Woke me up. My Dog was acting really weird about 4 hours before that.
  • Seaside, CA - I had just been awakened by a sound, that I thought was a knock at the door A minute or so later, I got back in bed and felt the shaking. I'm not a native Californian, but it was the strongest I've ever felt.
  • Carmel - It wasn't very strong. Woke us up on second floor of hotel room just by the ocean. Felt many earthquakes but my first one by the sea freaked me out. No damage here.
  • Carmel - Woke me out of a deep sleep.
  • Salinas - holy mackeral....what a wamboooozie
  • Monterey, California - It woke me up. Nothing like the ones I experienced in Japan!!
  • Marina Del Rey - No damage. 2 jolts about 2 seconds apart.
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea - It woke me up just before 5:00 AM PST. My dishes and glasses were rattling on the shelves. It passed quickly and all was quiet.
  • Carmel - Woke me up. Could feel the house shake.
  • Santa Monica, CA - Big jolt, rather than "shaking." No damage I could tell.
  • San Francisco - I felt a very weak shaking at first. (made me pay attention for all of 10sec. Maybe 30 seconds later I felt a weak shaking that made me think about the possibility of a big quake. It seemed to increase a bit at the end of it, maybe 10 sec again. I then felt a 3rd surge that I would consider light shaking, and I still didn't get out of my chair. I saw things moving, like hanging plants and I could hear the 12 unit building I reside in, move or sway a bit. Been here 31 years so I'm not surprised.
  • Pacific Grove, California - On March 8th 2014 early in the morning, I felt light shaking.
  • Gardena - Heard it before I felt slight shaking around 7pm
  • Carmel By The Sea - I was awaken at 5:53 by a shaking and loud noise. I haven't noticed any damage.
  • Pacific Grove - I was awake when it happened and it was just a slight jolt. The walls and windows made a slight creak and it was over in just a second.
  • La Quinta, CA - Just barely shaking(trembling)
  • carmel valley, ca - Awakened by sound and mild shaking.
  • Nipomo - A grinding sound woke me about 3AM. Then I heard news over TV of quake off Ferndale and decided perhaps this would be important. However, this location is about 40 miles N of Vandenberg Air Force base!!
  • Weed - We heavy wind that shakes the house sometimes, but this was more forceful and continuous. The northeast, southwest movementwoke me up from a light sleep.
  • Briceland, CA - Awakened, deep sleeper. three waves of moderate shaking. Some rattling of dishes, not enough to knock from shelves. All in all a pleasant shake. Let's hope there were no injuries.
  • Monterey - Woke up with a mild shaking at about 4:54am, some creaks from the house as it shook. I felt two slightly larger jolts, and the entire rocking episode lasted about 8-10 seconds.
  • Fort Bragg, CA - I was just laying down into bed and i heard a rumble that sounded like someone stomping up the stairs to my home, then the shaking came along with it. Lasted at least 5-10 seconds, I'd say. No damage done, just scared me a little bit!
  • Carmel Point - no damage but woke me up
  • Carmel - The house shook, it was a jolt and we had a window crack. It was fast but just the right amount of sheak to break something!
  • EMSC Offshore Central California Mar 08 12:53 3.5 4 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Central California Mar 08 10:45 2.4 8 MAP I Felt It
  • Beaumont, CA - It tried to wake me up, out of a sound sleep
  • Monterey - felt light shaking; woke me up
  • Hayward - The chandelier wad moving pretty good.
  • Monterey - The tremors woke me up from deep sleep. It took me a few seconds to process what was going on, then I thought to myself "cool" and went back to sleep.
  • Monterey - Was awake and felt my daughters small bookshelf shaking. The shelf was not filled with books but stuffed animals.



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    Shaking Strength *
    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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