Small magnitude 3.5 earthquake 27 miles northwest of Ridgecrest, California, United States
Thu, 21 Jan 2021, 01:4301:43 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
A very shallow magnitude 3.5 earthquake was reported in the afternoon near Ridgecrest, Kern County, California, USA.
3.5 quake 20 Jan 5:23 pm (GMT -8)
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake hit on Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 5:23 pm local time at a very shallow depth of 1.7 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 3.5 as well.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Pearsonville (pop. 17) located 11 miles from the epicenter, Inyokern (pop. 1,100) 23 miles away, China Lake Acres (pop. 1,900) 24 miles away, Ridgecrest (pop. 28,800) 27 miles away, Weldon (pop. 2,600) 30 miles away, Weldon (pop. 2,600) 30 miles away, and Weldon (pop. 2,600) 30 miles away.
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Date & time: 20 Jan 2021 5:23 pm (GMT -8) local time (21 Jan 2021 01:23 GMT)
Depth: 2.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 35.97°N / 117.91°W (Inyo County, California, United States)
Primary data source: USGS
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