Moderate earthquake in Gonzales, California – November 13, 2017

Update 19:51 UTC: Shaking intensity in the nearest villages and cities

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Update 19:50 UTC: Shaking map

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Update 19:50 UTC: Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, does not expect any serious damage from this earthquake

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Pinnacles, California, 14.0 km (8.7 mi)
Tres Pinos, California, 19.0 km (11.8 mi)
Gonzales, California, 23.0 km (14.3 mi)
Hollister, California, 28.0 km (17.4 mi)
Salinas, California, 36.0 km (22.4 mi)

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.58

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2017-11-13 11:31:29

GMT/UTC Time : 2017-11-13 19:31:29

Depth (Hypocenter) : 6.31 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Gonzales, California Nov 13 23:25 2.5 4 MAPI Felt It
USGS Gonzales, California Nov 13 20:46 2.7 4 MAPI Felt It
USGS Gonzales, California Nov 13 20:38 2.6 4 MAPI Felt It
EMSC Central California Nov 13 19:31 4.6 6 MAPI Felt It
  • Pleasantville – A few seconds
  • Fremont – Lite Shaking, lasted for a few seconds.
  • Carmel Valley – I felt a slight movement immediately followed by a larger jolt. The whole think only lasted a couple of seconds.
  • Aptos – Weak shaking
  • Palo Alto – 11:30am PST About 5 seconds, building swaying — office mates all noticed and commented
  • Sand City CA – Very weak shaking
  • Salinas – Felt more of a rolling. Lasted only a few seconds…
  • SANTA CRUZ – No damage
  • Monterey – Moderate shaking
  • Redwood City – 1-2 seconds
  • Carmel Valley – 2 sec
  • Seaside, CA – Very weak shaking
  • Gilroy – Weak shaking
  • MARINA – Lasted a few seconds. Rumbling with shaking the house. plates rattling and light fixture swinging slightly.
  • San Carlos – At aroun 11:30am
  • Santa Cruz, CA – just a few seconds, no damage
  • 95051 – 15 seconds
  • Los Banos – Very weak shaking
  • Carmel Valley – No damage, just rattling of windows and vibrating floor/desk.
  • Monterey – 15 second duration. No damage
  • Menlo Park, CA – Light shaking
  • Monterey, CA – In my office on the third floor. Felt the the earthquake, my computer and desk were shaking.
  • Monterey – Lasted several seconds, cupboards were rattled hard enough to move contents (like glassware) to one side.
  • Salinas – I felt the building shake and rumble under my feet, then it stopped for a few seconds, then I felt another shake that was a bit stronger.
  • San Jose, CA – Fairly solid jolt followed by mild shake then gently swaying. Duration 5-8 seconds.
    Hit at the SS/W corner of my house. Time: 11:30 a.m. 11/13/2017.
  • Gilroy – Sitting in my backyard and the chair I was sitting started rocking and I looked at our pool and the water was moving back and forth. Seemed to last 10-15 seconds.
  • San Jose – No damage, no crowd reaction – just a little shaking at my desk at the office.
  • San Juan Bautista – Had my grandson duck and cover under table. Lasted about 15 sec
  • La Selva – I was sitting upstairs on my bed, facing the south, right at the top the hill, and felt the bed shaking; saw the window coverings move back and forth, for maybe 15 seconds. My cat jumped up just before it started.
  • Ridgemark – Pool water rolling, blinds shaking, dishes and china rattling, animals scared. Lasted 15-30 seconds.
  • Watsonville – shaking lasted about 10 seconds. No damage
  • Carmel – The house shook twice, lasted only a few seconds each time
  • San Francisco – 6th floor of 8 story office building, felt/saw the shake about 5-7sec. No damage
  • Monterey – I was on the 2nd Floor, felt a Jolt and then swaying which seemed to go on for a while (20-30 seconds?). My house creaked and contents of shelves, cabinets rattled, but no damage.
  • Soquel, ca – Felt for full monute
  • Santa Cruz – Light shaking
  • USGS Gonzales, California Nov 13 19:31 4.6 6 MAPI Felt ItINFO
  • Redwood City – Weak shaking
  • Salinas – Light shaking
  • Santa Cruz – Weak shaking
  • San JOse – Very weak shaking
  • San Francisco – I felt the office sway for a good 10 seconds
  • San Jose CA – Inside a tall building I could feel the building sway. The sway was enough to cause my blinds to move approximately an inch away from the window pane. Exciting.
  • San Jose – Light shaking
  • Foster City, CA – Felt the floor on the 5th floor of our building move and noticed the overhead lights swaying
  • Salinas – Light shaking
  • Ridgemark – Felt the shaking for about 15-30 seconds. Saw pool water rolling, blinds shaking, heard dishes rattling. Haven\’t inspected everything yet.
  • San Jose – A 5 second shake then 20 seconds of rolling, total 25 seconds. The window blinds swayed. No damage.
  • Monterey – Light shaking
  • USGS San Simeon, California Nov 13 09:04 2.5 6 MAPI Felt It



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    Shaking Strength *
    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?

    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?

    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?

    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?

    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?

    Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or “easy glide” drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?

    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?

    Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected.

    Structures :
    Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down.

    Environment :
    Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.

    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?

    Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames.

    Environment :
    Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.

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