09/18/2020, M4.5 near South El Monte


  • 18 Sep 2020 23:38:46 PDT, (34.038, -118.080), depth 16.9km.
  • 3km WSW of South El Monte, California


  • As of 19 Sep 2020, 01:22AM PDT, there have been 3 aftershocks recorded.
  • The largest was M2.3 (smallest M1.6).
  • 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 20 events of M4 or greater within 10km of today’s event.
  • The largest historic event was M5.9 on 1987/10/01.
  • The most recent historic event was M4.1 on 29 Mar 2014.


  • CFM fault associations: most likely Lower Elysian Park fault (27%). Alternates: Not associated with a CFM modeled fault (9%), Other CFM faults (64%).*
  • Nearby faults: East Montebello fault (0.2 km), Elsinore fault zone, Whittier section (Whittier fault) (5.0 km), Raymond fault (9.1 km), Eagle Rock fault (9.8 km), Sierra Madre fault zone, Sierra Madre C section (Sierra Madre fault) (14.2 km), Sierra Madre fault zone, Sierra Madre D section (Duarte fault) (14.6 km) and Sierra Madre fault zone, Clamshell-Sawpit section (Clamshell Canyon fault) (15.0 km).**

Additional Information

*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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