05/10/2020, M4.5 near Ocotillo Wells


  • 10 May 2020 15:07:40 PDT, (33.018, -116.020), depth 10.0km.
  • 17km SE of Ocotillo Wells, California


  • As of 10 May 2020, 06:23PM PDT, there have been 30 aftershocks recorded.
  • The largest was M3.0 (smallest M1.1).
  • 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.

Historical Seismicity

  • Since our records began in 1932 we’ve had 56 events of M4 or greater within 10km of today’s event.
  • The largest historic event was M6.6 on 1987/11/24.
  • The most recent historic event was M4.6 on 04 Nov 2010.


  • CFM fault associations: most likely Coyote Creek fault (75%). Alternates: Not associated with a CFM modeled fault (9%), Other CFM faults (16%).*
  • Nearby faults: San Jacinto fault zone, Borrego Mountain section (Coyote Creek fault) (1.6 km), San Jacinto fault zone, Superstition Mountain section (fault) (5.7 km) and San Jacinto fault zone, Superstition Hills section (13.3 km).**

Additional Information

Below are the waveform data associated with this event, as recorded in our Live Seismograms Feed. The closest station to the epicenter as recorded in the Live Seismograms Feed below is CI.WMD at approximately 41km away.

*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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