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Latest quakes in or near California, USA, in the past 48 hours on Friday, December 2, 2022 - list, stats and map

Updated: Dec 2, 2022 14:02 GMT -
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Quakes in the past 48 hours:

  • 1 quake above magnitude 4
  • 1 quake between magnitude 3 and 4
  • 15 quakes between magnitude 2 and 3
  • 202 quakes below magnitude 2 that people normally don't feel.

Latest quake: Mag. 2.4 | North Pacific Ocean, 36 mi S of Eureka, Humboldt County, California, USA -

Strongest quake: Mag. 4.0 | 4.1 mi W of Big Pine, Inyo County, California, USA -

Recent quakes above magnitude 1.0 in or near California, USA (updated )

Past 24 hours58 quakes6 quakes M2+1 quake M3+1 quake M4+
Past 7 days376 quakes60 quakes M2+2 quakes M3+1 quake M4+
Past 30 days1,664 quakes212 quakes M2+16 quakes M3+1 quake M4+
Past 90 days5,226 quakes702 quakes M2+70 quakes M3+8 quakes M4+2 quakes M5+
Past 365 days21,573 quakes3,110 quakes M2+422 quakes M3+39 quakes M4+2 quakes M5+1 quake M6+

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Showing quakes magnitude 1.4 or higher (66 out of 219 quakes, show more):
Date and timeMag
Depth
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Friday, December 2, 2022 GMT (17 quakes)
Dec 2, 2022 5:23 am (GMT -8) (Dec 2, 2022 13:23 GMT)
2.4

32 km
North Pacific Ocean, 36 mi south of Eureka, Humboldt County, California, USA More
Dec 2, 2022 5:22 am (GMT -8) (Dec 2, 2022 13:22 GMT)
2.4

30 km
North Pacific Ocean, 36 mi south of Eureka, Humboldt County, California, USA More
Dec 2, 2022 5:10 am (GMT -8) (Dec 2, 2022 13:10 GMT)
1.4

14 km
5km SSW of Ojai, CA More
Dec 2, 2022 5:08 am (GMT -8) (Dec 2, 2022 13:08 GMT)
2.6

8.9 km
10.6 mi north of Ventura, California, USA
I FELT IT - 2 reports
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Dec 2, 2022 4:21 am (GMT -8) (Dec 2, 2022 12:21 GMT)
4.0

1.8 km
4.1 mi west of Big Pine, Inyo County, California, USA
I FELT IT - 2 reports
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Dec 2, 2022 4:19 am (GMT -8) (Dec 2, 2022 12:19 GMT)
1.5

1.4 km
15km SW of Searles Valley, CA More
Dec 2, 2022 4:10 am (GMT -8) (Dec 2, 2022 12:10 GMT)
2.5

8.6 km
16 km west of Guadalupe Victoria, Mexicali Municipality, Baja California, Mexico More
Dec 2, 2022 2:36 am (GMT -8) (Dec 2, 2022 10:36 GMT)
2.8

2.8 km
9.1 mi northwest of Bishop, Inyo County, California, USA
I FELT IT
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Dec 2, 2022 3:01 am (GMT -7) (Dec 2, 2022 10:01 GMT)
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n/a
44 mi west of Fortuna Foothills, Yuma County, Arizona, USA (unconfirmed)
I FELT IT - 2 reports
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Dec 2, 2022 12:16 am (GMT -8) (Dec 2, 2022 08:16 GMT)
1.5

0.1 km
9km NW of Pinnacles, CA More
Dec 2, 2022 12:00 am (GMT -8) (Dec 2, 2022 08:00 GMT)
1.5

7.2 km
20km ESE of Little Lake, CA More
Dec 1, 2022 11:20 pm (GMT -8) (Dec 2, 2022 07:20 GMT)
1.4

9.7 km
14km SW of Borrego Springs, CA More
Dec 1, 2022 10:20 pm (GMT -8) (Dec 2, 2022 06:20 GMT)
1.9

4 km
8 mi west of Burney, Shasta County, California, USA More
Dec 1, 2022 10:01 pm (GMT -8) (Dec 2, 2022 06:01 GMT)
1.5
3km WNW of The Geysers, CA More
Dec 1, 2022 9:10 pm (GMT -8) (Dec 2, 2022 05:10 GMT)
1.4

2.1 km
17km ESE of Ocotillo Wells, CA More
Dec 1, 2022 8:04 pm (GMT -8) (Dec 2, 2022 04:04 GMT)
1.5

14 km
11km NNW of Fillmore, CA More
Dec 1, 2022 7:32 pm (GMT -8) (Dec 2, 2022 03:32 GMT)
1.4

10.1 km
2km NE of Anza, CA More
Thursday, December 1, 2022 GMT (31 quakes)
Dec 1, 2022 2:23 pm (GMT -8) (Dec 1, 2022 22:23 GMT)
1.5

11 km
20km ESE of Anza, CA 2 reportsMore
Dec 1, 2022 1:17 pm (GMT -8) (Dec 1, 2022 21:17 GMT)
2.5

6.1 km
8.3 mi northwest of Bishop, Inyo County, California, USA More
Dec 1, 2022 1:16 pm (GMT -8) (Dec 1, 2022 21:16 GMT)
1.5

6.6 km
1km NW of Brawley, CA More
Dec 1, 2022 11:54 am (GMT -8) (Dec 1, 2022 19:54 GMT)
1.5

0.9 km
Quarry Blast - 6km S of Mojave, CA More
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Estimated combined seismic energy released: 9.9 x 1010 joules (27.5 megawatt hours, equivalent to 23.7 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy

Latest seismic signals

Seismic station: Mammoth (MLAC/CI network) | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Mammoth: seismogram of vertical movement last 60 minutes (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) last 60 minutes. Source: IRIS query builder webtool
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California Earthquake FAQ

How many quakes occur in California every day?

California has about 10-15 quakes every day. Most of them are too small to be felt by humans, although there is usually one or two that are.
Typically there are 1-2 quakes of magnitudes greater than 3 every day. Quakes of magnitude 4+ occur about once every 5 days on average.
Magnitude 5+ events are about once every 2 months, and strong quakes from magnitude 6+ occur on average once every 4-5 months.

Why does California have so many quakes?

California is located near the boundary between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates. In the area of California, it is called a transform boundary, because the movement of the two plates is mostly a side-wise sliding alongside each other. The Pacific Plate is moving northwest relative to the North American plate, at a rate of approx. 33-37 millimeters (1.3-1.5 in) per year on average.
This creates a complex system of very active fault systems, the most prominent being the San Andreas Fault, which runs for roughly 750 mi (1,200 km) through California. However, there are also many other faults including some found directly underneath the State's major cities including L.A. and San Francisco.

When was the latest earthquake in California?

The last earthquake in California occurred 38 minutes ago: Minor mag. 2.4 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 36 mi south of Eureka, Humboldt County, California, USA, on Friday, Dec 2, 2022 at 5:23 am (GMT -8).

How many quakes were there in California in the past 48 hours?

In the past 48 hours, California, USA had 66 quakes up to magnitude 4.0.

What was the strongest quake in California in the past 48 hours?

The strongest earthquake in California in the past 48 hours occurred 1 hour and 40 minutes ago: Moderate mag. 4.0 earthquake - 4.1 mi west of Big Pine, Inyo County, California, USA, on Friday, Dec 2, 2022 at 4:21 am (GMT -8).

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