08/14/2018, M4.4 near Aguanga

Last updated August 16th, 2018

  • 14 Aug 2018 18:24:26 PDT, (33.477, -116.803), depth 1.9km, 7km NE of Aguanga, California
  • Aftershocks: so far (16 Aug 2018, 10:48AM PDT) there have been 435 aftershocks recorded, the largest M2.9 (smallest M0.0). More may be expected in the next few days, the largest expected is approximately 1 magnitude unit smaller than the mainshock. There is a small chance (about 5%) that a larger quake could occur, with the likelihood decreasing over time.
  • There were 95 events during the 3 days prior to the earthquake (within a 10 km radius), the largest was M2.3 (2018/08/12). This area has been experiencing swarm activity for over 2 years (referred to as Cahuilla swarm), seeing elevated seismicity rates since early 2016. This region has hosted earthquake swarms since the 1980s, each lasting for weeks or a few months. The swarm starting early 2016 is the most prolific swarm recorded, with several thousand events observed so far.
  • 2018 seismicity in the region of the Cahuilla swarm as of 15 August 2018. Circles plot individual earthquakes at all magnitudes in the SCSN catalogue, with size indicating magnitude. Events with magnitude 3.0 or greater are shown as red stars. The red line plots the cumulative number of events with magnitude 1.49 or greater.

    Seismicity in the Cahuilla swarm from 1 day before the M4.4 event to approximately 40 hours after. Top plot shows the cumulative event number and the number of events per 20 minutes, both showing the aftershock event rate decay. Bottom plot shows event magnitudes against time.

  • Historical seismicity: since our records began in 1932 we’ve had 13 events of M4 or greater within 10km of today’s event, the largest was M5.6 (2005/06/12) and the most recent was M4.1 on 17 Nov 2008.
  • Links for: USGS earthquake page, ShakeMap, DYFI, waveforms.
  • Visit our special reports page for further information on local notable earthquakes.

Below are the waveform data associated with this event, as recorded in our Live Seismograms Feed.The closest station to the earthquake shown in the view is CI.HMT2 near Anza-Borrego at approximately 30km from the epicenter.

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