05/08/2019, M3.5 near Ocotillo Wells

Last updated May 22nd, 2019

Event

  • 08 May 2019 09:14:59 PDT, (33.213, -116.067), depth 10.6km.
  • 10km NE of Ocotillo Wells, California

Aftershocks

  • As of 17 May 2019, 12:08PM PDT, there have been 11 aftershocks recorded.
  • The largest was M1.3 (smallest M0.8).
  • More aftershocks may be expected in the next few days, the largest expected is approximately 1 magnitude unit smaller than the mainshock.
  • There is a small chance (about 5%) that a larger quake could occur, with the likelihood decreasing over time.

Possible Foreshocks

  • There were 4 events during the 3 days prior to the earthquake (within a 10 km radius).
  • The largest was M1.7 (2019/05/06).

Historical Seismicity

  • Since our records began in 1932 we’ve had 55 events of M4 or greater within 10km of today’s event.
  • The largest historic event was M6.6 on 1968/04/09.
  • The most recent historic event was M4.3 on 09 Feb 2007.

Faults

  • CFM fault associations: most likely Clark fault; south segment (87.6%). Alternates: Not associated with a CFM modeled fault (4.1%), Other CFM faults (8.3%).*
  • Nearby faults: San Jacinto fault zone, Borrego Mountain section (Coyote Creek fault) (8.7 km), San Jacinto fault zone, Anza section (Clark fault) (10.1 km) and San Jacinto fault zone, Coyote Creek section (Coyote Creek fault) (12.5 km).**

Additional Information


Below are the waveform data associated with this event, as recorded in our Live Seismograms Feed.


*Earthquakes can occur both near or on major known faults, and in places where no clear fault zones are known. Using the statistical method of Evans et al. (in prep. 2019) the location and focal mechanism of this earthquake suggest the above association with modeled faults in the Community Fault Model (CFM) provided by the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and Harvard University. Note that the CFM fault association may be different from the nearby faults list. Differences may arise due to different fault databases, and because the CFM fault association uses the hypocenter with relation to subsurface 3-dimensional fault orientation models, while the nearby faults list utilizes mapped surface traces as they relate to the epicenter.

CFM Fault: SCEC CFM 5.0 Fault name and closest segment if available; The CFM is maintained by Harvard University, Dept of Earth & Planetary Sciences.

Probability: The probability in percent the earthquake is associated with this fault.

SCSN: Caltech/USGS Southern California Seismic Network

**U.S. Geological Survey and California Geological Survey, 2006, Quaternary fault and fold database for the United States, accessed 2015, from USGS web site: https://earthquake.usgs.gov/hazards/qfaults/

This information is subject to change as more up-to-date data become available.

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