Important historic earthquakes (until 2013) in California, USA

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this state can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Gulf Of California Oct 19 10:17 4.1 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Lone Pine, California Oct 18 03:49 2.8 0 MAP
EMSC Southern California Oct 17 22:09 3.1 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • San Jacinto - It was about 2 seconds
  • EMSC Northern California Oct 17 14:39 2.9 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Oakland - No damage, lasted maybe 3-4 seconds?
  • Palm Desert - Very weak shaking
  • El Cerrito - Very weak shaking
  • EMSC Offshore Northern California Oct 15 02:06 2.9 9 MAP
    EMSC Gulf Of California Oct 14 13:06 4.2 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Baja California, Mexico Oct 14 08:04 3.1 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Baja California, Mexico Oct 14 08:01 3.4 16 MAP
    EMSC Southern California Oct 13 23:57 3.4 2 MAP
    EMSC Central California Oct 13 13:46 3.2 6 MAP
    EMSC Southern California Oct 12 18:44 3.0 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Malibu - Unexpected, short, but enough to get my attention and make me want to duck for cover. Second time I felt something like this within the last few months. This was by far more noticeable.
  • Port Hueneme California - Maybe five seconds but sure knew what it was. Nothing else happened.
  • malibu - no damage but two quick strong jolts
  • Newbury Park - One jolt. Very short - 1or 2 seconds. No damage.
  • Perris - While a thunder storm, a lightning with thunder; plus! A major earth shake, approx. 1.7 minutes in length of time. Anyways, rain, plus all that I FELT IT. 😁 Julia Tavarez G. 10/12/18
  • EMSC Gulf Of California Oct 11 13:29 3.7 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Carlsbad,California - 2/3 seconds, on third floor if condo, TV shook on the wall, loud sound from shaking
  • Ramona, California - Solid jolt - house made sound and dog jumped up around 1430.
  • EMSC Offshore Northern California Oct 10 20:58 2.9 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Northern California Oct 10 16:58 2.9 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Northern California Oct 10 08:48 3.1 1 MAP
    EMSC Southern California Oct 08 21:44 3.0 3 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Ventura - Light shaking
  • Ventura County ,Ca - Light shaking
  • Ventura - 2 seconds felt like my chair was being pushed behind me with then a couple of jolts. around 2:45 pm
  • VEntura - Weak shaking
  • Ventura - Light shaking. Lasted about 10 seconds. No property damage. Definitely got my attention.
  • EMSC Central California Oct 08 21:25 3.3 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Off Coast Of Northern California Oct 08 15:15 3.6 4 MAP
    GEOFON Gulf Of California Oct 08 12:05 5.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Southern California Oct 08 01:35 3.0 15 MAP
    EMSC Central California Oct 05 13:29 3.8 5 MAP
    EMSC Channel Islands Reg., California Oct 04 18:14 3.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Channel Islands Reg., California Oct 04 17:58 3.3 13 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Southern California Oct 01 17:56 3.5 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • RIVERSIDE - Short quick jolt
  • Perris - just a quick few seconds. Door shook. Heard light crackling.
  • Menifee - Weak shaking
  • Idyllwild, CA - It was a rolling jolt which lasted only 2-4 seconds. There was no property damage.
  • Palm Desert, California - It was only for a couple of seconds about 11:00 a.m. this afternoon.
  • Lake Elsinore - Calimesa 3.5m quake: Started with low rumble sound, then a slight 'ground drop' feeling...so slight that nothing really moved in the house. I heard and felt it because I was standing still and the house was quiet. My dog definitely heard/felt it!
  • idyllwild, cal. - a sudden violent shaker...wife screamed..nothing since then.
  • EMSC Southern California Sep 30 14:41 3.6 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • California - Woke me up around 4 seconds at 7:41
  • Yucaipa, ca - 2 seconds, shook the screens on the house.
  • EMSC Baja California, Mexico Sep 29 02:17 4.4 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Murrieta - One light tremor woke me up, followed by a second mild aftershock.
  • EMSC Central California Sep 28 15:13 3.2 9 MAP
    EMSC Central California Sep 27 00:41 2.9 7 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Gulf Of California Sep 25 12:34 4.1 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Central California Sep 22 08:19 2.9 3 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Channel Islands Reg., California Sep 19 16:17 2.9 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Northern California Sep 19 07:28 2.9 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Gulf Of California Sep 18 09:51 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Offshore Northern California Sep 18 01:14 3.3 1 MAP
    EMSC Baja California, Mexico Sep 18 01:07 3.0 3 MAP
    EMSC Baja California, Mexico Sep 18 00:41 3.0 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Southern California Sep 16 11:37 3.3 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • San diego ca - About 430am I heard a rumbling noise, like a train. Then light shaking and the roof of my house creaking. Almost like it was shifting
  • EMSC Central California Sep 13 19:16 3.0 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Gulf Of California Sep 12 15:13 3.5 9 MAP
    EMSC Baja California, Mexico Sep 09 13:21 3.5 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Gulf Of California Sep 09 06:26 4.1 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Willits calif - Short duration. Second in 2 days. Six 6:35 am.
  • Los Angeles - Light shaking
  • EMSC Offshore Baja California, Mexico Sep 08 13:24 3.8 21 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Central California Sep 08 08:00 2.9 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Southern California Sep 08 05:39 2.9 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Southern California Sep 07 10:45 3.2 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Southern California Sep 06 10:14 2.9 0 MAP
    EMSC Southern California Sep 06 09:59 3.0 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Riverside CA - There was no damage but it was enough to wake me up
  • EMSC Northern California Sep 02 15:51 3.0 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Newark - Very weak shaking
  • San Francisco - I felt the earth quake here at Huron Ave. San Francisco, CA. It’s just as less than 5 seconds. Even though it’s just less 5 seconds still felted it.
  • Santa Monica - 2 seconds
  • EMSC Northern California Sep 01 21:18 3.0 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Emeryville - 2 seconds, shook furnishings - no damage
  • Pinole - Light shaking
  • Pinole - Light shaking
  • vallejo - Felt a couple of short strong jolts. Immediately knew it was an earthquake. Nothing compared to the Napa quake. No damage identified.
  • Emeryville, Ca - On second floor of IKEA and felt floor shaking. Could see cabinets, hanging lights and ceiling wires swaying.
  • EMSC Southern California Sep 01 16:50 3.3 2 MAP

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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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