Small 3.2 quake hits near Searles Valley, California
Tue, 1 Dec 2020, 23:5323:53 PM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
A shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported early afternoon near Searles Valley, California.
3.2 quake 1 Dec 3:33 pm (GMT -8)
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake hit on Tuesday 1 December 2020 at 3.33 pm local time at a shallow depth of 10.3 miles. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.2.Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Searles Valley (pop. 1,700) located 11 miles from the epicenter, China Lake Acres (pop. 1,900) 13 miles away, and Pearsonville (pop. 17) 16 miles away. In Onyx (pop. 480, 35 miles away), the quake was probably not felt.
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Date & time: Tue, 1 Dec 23:33 UTC
Depth: 16.5 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 35.77533°N / 117.598°W
Primary data source: USGS