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Light mag. 3.2 earthquake - 5.7 mi east of Banning, Riverside County, California, USA, on Tuesday, Aug 16, 2022 at 5:53 pm (GMT -7) -

Light mag. 3.2 earthquake - 5.7 mi east of Banning, Riverside County, California, USA, on Tuesday, Aug 16, 2022 at 5:53 pm (GMT -7) Light mag. 3.2 earthquake - 5.7 mi east of Banning, Riverside County, California, USA, on Tuesday, Aug 16, 2022 at 5:53 pm (GMT -7)

Light magnitude 3.2 earthquake at 14 km depth

17 Aug 00:56 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 3 minutes.
17 Aug 00:56: Now using data updates from USGS
17 Aug 15:28: Magnitude recalculated from 3.3 to 3.2. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 14.5 to 14.2 km (from 9 to 8.8 mi).
Update Wed, 17 Aug 2022, 01:00

Small magnitude 3.3 quake hits 5 miles east of Banning, California, United States in the afternoon

3.3 quake 16 Aug 5:53 pm (GMT -7)
3.3 quake 16 Aug 5:53 pm (GMT -7)
The United States Geological Survey reported a magnitude 3.3 quake in the United States near Banning, Riverside County, California, only 7 minutes ago. The earthquake hit in the afternoon on Tuesday, August 16th, 2022, at 5:53 pm local time at a shallow depth of 9 miles. 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.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 3.3 earthquake as well.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Cabazon (pop. 2,500) located 1 miles from the epicenter, Banning (pop. 30,900) 5 miles away, Beaumont (pop. 43,800) 11 miles away, San Jacinto (pop. 47,000) 14 miles away, Palm Springs (pop. 47,400) 15 miles away, Hemet (pop. 83,900) 16 miles away, Yucaipa (pop. 53,300) 17 miles away, and Cathedral City (pop. 53,800) 21 miles away. In Riverside (pop. 322,400, 35 miles away), the quake was probably not felt.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeAug 17, 2022 00:53:01 UTC -
Local time at epicenterTuesday, Aug 16, 2022 at 5:53 pm (GMT -7)
Depth14.2 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude33.92633°N / 116.7775°W (Riverside, California, United States)
Antipode33.926°S / 63.223°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt3 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoLavic Lake (93 km / 58 mi)
Nearby towns and cities1 km (1 mi) NE of Cabazon (pop: 2,540) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
9 km (6 mi) E of Banning (pop: 30,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
18 km (11 mi) E of Beaumont (pop: 43,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
23 km (14 mi) NE of San Jacinto (pop: 47,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
24 km (15 mi) WNW of Palm Springs (pop: 47,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
27 km (17 mi) NE of Hemet (pop: 83,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
57 km (36 mi) E of Riverside (pop: 322,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
668 km (415 mi) SE of Sacramento (pop: 490,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeScattered Clouds 33.5°C (92 F), humidity: 38%, wind: 2 m/s (3 kts) from SSE
Estimated seismic energy released4 x 109 joules (1.11 megawatt hours, equivalent to 0.951 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.
3.214 km1km NE of Cabazon, CAUSGS


Seismic station: Keenwild Fire Station, Mountain Center, CA, USA (KNW/AZ network) | Distance from quake: 24 km / 15 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Keenwild Fire Station, Mountain Center, CA, USA: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (3)

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Idyllwild / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : I heard what I thought was a loud thunder or helicopter just a second before the house shook. As if a stampede came through. | One user found this interesting.  
Palm spring (31.1 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Palm Springs / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s

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