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Moderate mag. 3.8 earthquake - 4.6 mi northeast of Desert Hot Springs, Riverside County, California, USA, on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 11:16 pm (GMT -7) -

Moderate mag. 3.8 earthquake - 4.6 mi northeast of Desert Hot Springs, Riverside County, California, USA, on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 11:16 pm (GMT -7) Moderate mag. 3.8 earthquake - 4.6 mi northeast of Desert Hot Springs, Riverside County, California, USA, on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 11:16 pm (GMT -7)

Moderate magnitude 3.8 earthquake at 8 km depth

16 May 06:19 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 3 minutes.
16 May 06:20: Now using data updates from RaspberryShake
16 May 06:23: Now using data updates from USGS
16 May 14:46: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 7.7 to 8.3 km (from 4.8 to 5.2 mi).
Update Mon, 16 May 2022, 06:33
Small 3.8 quake hits near Desert Hot Springs, Riverside County, California, USA
3.8 quake 15 May 11:16 pm (GMT -7)
3.8 quake 15 May 11:16 pm (GMT -7)
An earthquake of magnitude 3.8 occurred late at night on Sunday, May 15th, 2022, at 11:16 pm local time near Desert Hot Springs, Riverside County, California, USA, as reported by the United States Geological Survey.
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a very shallow depth of 4.8 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 citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake which listed the quake at magnitude 3.8 as well. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 3.8.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Desert Hot Springs (pop. 28,300) located 5 miles from the epicenter, Yucca Valley (pop. 21,600) 7 miles away, and Palm Springs (pop. 47,400) 14 miles away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Cathedral City (pop. 53,800) located 16 miles from the epicenter, Palm Desert (pop. 51,900) 20 miles away, Indian Wells (pop. 87,500) 24 miles away, La Quinta (pop. 40,500) 25 miles away, and Coachella (pop. 44,600) 27 miles away. In Riverside (pop. 322,400, 55 miles away), the quake was probably not felt.

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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeMay 16, 2022 06:16:50 UTC -
Local time at epicenterSunday, May 15, 2022 at 11:16 pm (GMT -7)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude3.8
Depth8.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude34.00783°N / 116.44483°W (Riverside, California, United States)
Antipode34.008°S / 63.555°E
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt179 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoLavic Lake (84 km / 52 mi)
Nearby towns and cities7 km (5 mi) NE of Desert Hot Springs (pop: 28,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
12 km (7 mi) S of Yucca Valley (pop: 21,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
22 km (14 mi) NNE of Palm Springs (pop: 47,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
25 km (16 mi) N of Cathedral City (pop: 53,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
32 km (20 mi) NNW of Palm Desert (pop: 51,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
38 km (24 mi) NW of Indian Wells (pop: 87,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
40 km (25 mi) NNW of La Quinta (pop: 40,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
44 km (27 mi) NW of Coachella (pop: 44,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
88 km (55 mi) E of Riverside (pop: 322,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
681 km (423 mi) SE of Sacramento (pop: 490,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeClear Sky 23.6°C (74 F), humidity: 22%, wind: 3 m/s (6 kts) from W
Estimated seismic energy released3.2 x 1010 joules (8.78 megawatt hours, equivalent to 7.56 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
3.88.3 km7km NE of Desert Hot Springs, CAUSGS
3.733 kmSOUTHERN CALIFORNIAEMSC
3.88.3 kmSouthern CaliforniaRaspberryShake

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Yucca Valley CA (12.2 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : Reading in bed when I felt a sudden jolt followed by lateral shaking. | 6 users found this interesting.  
Desert Edge, CA 92241 (76.1 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : I was setting at my computer in our office at home and my husband was watching TV in the living room. It moved right along under us and sent things moving that are hanging up in my office. My feet were on the floor and it was as if something was rolling a | One user found this interesting.  
Palm Springs (22.5 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : Awoke me up out of my sleep. A small jolt back n forth | 2 users found this interesting.  
Desert Edge. Desert Crest Sitting on bed (140.2 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : Loud noise ten a jolt like the mobile home was hit. We were in bedroom. . I was sitting on the edge of the bed and so was awake. Fort one I have felt in being here going on 5 summers. And one winter. Husband had felt two  
Cathedral City, 69411 Ramon Rd (21.6 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : Light shaking. Laying in bed, definitely knew it was an earthquake but not sure I would have noticed if I’d been up and about.  
Sabrina Peukert, Yucca Valley.. middle of the hous (63.4 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single lateral shake / 10-15 s : Went down the middle of my house..was not shaking or rolling like Culver City or Northride..weird we are on rock granite thank God and have earthquake insurance but no fun! Dear Jesus no more this is rare..they usually happen in October Around 5 am when e  
Morongo Valley (12.5 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling : laying on bed. noise, bump, then rolling/shaking & vibration. a rumbling noise. cats & l both sit up on alert, some visible shaking of objects but subsides fairly quickly  
desert hot springs (5.4 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : eating dinner, noticed a loud noise coming and a rolling kind of pulse roll through the house. alarming, but not damaging anything.  
Cathedral City (17.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Short brief laying in bed about two seconds of door shake and woke up and couple of soft sideways movements then stopped  
Desert Hot Springs, Ca (8.5 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Vibration then bolt | One user found this interesting.  
DESERT HOT SPRINGS (8.8 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : One big shake and it was done | One user found this interesting.  
Palm Springs (29.1 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : Lying in bed watching a movie and the bed started shaking side to side. | One user found this interesting.  
Fallbrook ca (98.4 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : Mild shaking 3.2 | One user found this interesting.  
Redlands, CA, USA (68.2 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Laying in bed and bed started shaking, walls creaking, and light weight hanging things swung gently | One user found this interesting.  
North Palm Springs CA - inside house. / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Loud boom / vibration like very heavy traffic. Followed by very slight movement sensation of side to side shake.  
Palm Springs, CA / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 10-15 s : Kind of a low noise sounding far away then a loud bump and some rolling. House creaked. Nothing fallen or broken.  
73645 Boxthorn Lane Palm Desert CA 92260 / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating : Being from Calgary Alberta not used to quakes. We were watching TV when it sounded like a heavy truck or train was passing outside if the condo. It took a number of seconds to realize that this was an earthquake.  
Cathedral City / not felt : The population you have listed for Indian Wells is grossly exaggerated, in 2020 the population was only 5463, NOT 50k as you have listed.  
at home in bed asleep / not felt : Watched the lunar eclipse, went to bed & fell asleep. Something woke me up,but I wasn't aware of a quake until neighbors told me this morning.  
desert Hot Springs Calif 92240 / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / complex motion difficult to describe / 1-2 s : strong quake low though 2 slams and a roller for a minute a roller woohoo science then another one small i felt rock on geology WE DO love YOU Chief Sherre  
Joshua Tree, CA / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : We live close to the 29 palms base and at first I thought it was bombing bc the whole house had a feeling of movement but it was very low and deep like the bombs like a jolt but then I noticed some cabinets doors were swinging horizontally. Which let me k  
73645 Boxthorn Lane Palm Desert CA 92260 / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating : Being from Calgary Alberta not used to quakes. We were watching TV when it sounded like a heavy truck or train was passing outside if the condo. It took a number of seconds to realize that this was an earthquake.  
Twentynine Palms CA / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : Was in bed asleep. It felt like someone bumped into the bed , picked up the end and lightly shook it. Computer chair & monitors shook  
Relaxing / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 5-10 s : Heard noise first and then for awhile. Then ground rippled a few seconds. Very mild but not the usual jolt.  
San Jacinto Cali / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Windows shaking, a small rumble,,as it woke me up I thought some one was trying to open our front door! We are in San Jacinto California  
valleyveiw drive. Desert Edge ca / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / very short : Felt like a large metal cage hit under our home. Realized it was our earthquake tie down retracting to resist damage ????  
TWENTYNINE PALMS / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / complex motion difficult to describe : Like a roll or a push forward twice seconds from each other pretty hard | One user found this interesting.  
Temecula ca (86.4 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
La Quinta (37 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Shaking of floor and walls  
Palm Desert (30.7 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Indio hills ca (24.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
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