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Under land 19 miles from Bakersfield in The United States, a shallow Magnitude 4.1 earthquake occurred in the afternoon of Monday June 24th, 2024. Roughly 11 million people may have felt this earthquake.

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Earthquake Summary

The earthquake struck on land in The United States, 19 miles (30 km) south-southwest of Bakersfield in California. The center of this earthquake had a very shallow depth of 8 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Jun 24, 2024 03:31PM (Los Angeles Time)
- Jun 24, 2024 22:31 Universal Time.
Location: 19 mi SSW of Bakersfield, California, The United States.
Coordinates 35°6'47"N 119°6'41"W.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 4.1
Detected by 134 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.2 .
Depth: 8 mi (12 km)
A very shallow depth.
Max. Intensity:
V
Moderate

On the Modified Mercalli Scale.
Tsunami Risk: Tsunami very unlikely
While this was a shallow earthquake, it appears to have occurred under land with a magnitude not strong enough to cause tsunami's.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Minimal impact predicted

Based on scientific estimates by the US Geographic Survey (USGS), the risk of high fatalities for this earthquake is classified at level GREEN (low). They expect an 65% likelyhood of between 0 and 1 fatalities, and a 96% chance that the number of fatalities falls no higher than 10.

The USGS classifies the economic impact of this earthquake at level GREEN (low). They expect an 65% likelyhood of between 0 and 1 million US Dollars in economic damage and impact, and a 96% chance that the economic impact of this earthquake falls no higher than 10 million USD.

Roughly 11 million people exposed to shaking

The USGS has published a report estimating the number of people exposed to this earthquake. Acoording to their analysis, roughly 11 million have been exposed to shaking at an MMI level of II or higher.

Moderate shaking and very light damage may have been experienced by an estimated 10 people. At V, it is the highest MMI level this earthquake has caused. Intensity level I was experienced by the majority of people (around 12 million). In their region, not noticeable and no damage can be expected.

People MMI Level Shaking Damage
11,670,000
I
Not noticable None
10,010,000
II
Very weak None
738,000
III
Weak Probably none
6,430
IV
Light Likely none
10
V
Moderate Very light
0
VI
Strong Light
0
VII
Very Strong Moderate
0
VIII
Severe Moderate to heavy
0
IX
Violent Heavy
0
X
Extreme Very heavy

Nearby towns and cities

This earthquake may have been felt in The United States . Lamont in California, The United States is the nearest significant place from the epicenter. The earthquake occurred 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Lamont. The intensity of shaking and damage in Lamont is estimated to be around level III on the Modified Mercalli Intensity scale (weak shaking, probably no damage).

Multiple large cities are in proximity of today's earthquake. Los Angeles is located 88 mi to the south-east and experienced an intensity of II (very weak shaking, no damage). Bakersfield is located 19 mi to the north-northeast and experienced an intensity of III (weak shaking, probably no damage). Long Beach is located 107 mi to the south-southeast and experienced an intensity of I (not noticeable, no damage).

A complete list of nearby places is included below. Estimated intensity data (MMI) sourced from a shake-map published by the US Geographic Survey is shown where available (cities without data probably experienced little impact).

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place Intensity (MMI)
15 mi (24 km)
NE from epicenter
Lamont

California, The United States.
III
Weak
17 mi (28 km)
ENE from epicenter
Arvin

California, The United States.
III
Weak
19 mi (30 km)
NNE from epicenter
Bakersfield

California, The United States.
III
Weak
22 mi (35 km)
NNE from epicenter
Oildale

California, The United States.
II
Weak
28 mi (45 km)
NNW from epicenter
Shafter

California, The United States.
II
Weak
35 mi (57 km)
NNW from epicenter
Wasco

California, The United States.
II
Weak
46 mi (74 km)
N from epicenter
Delano

California, The United States.
II
Weak
50 mi (81 km)
SSE from epicenter
Fillmore

California, The United States.
II
Weak
52 mi (83 km)
SSE from epicenter
Castaic

California, The United States.
II
Weak
53 mi (85 km)
S from epicenter
Santa Paula

California, The United States.
II
Weak
54 mi (87 km)
SSE from epicenter
Valencia

California, The United States.
II
Weak
57 mi (91 km)
ESE from epicenter
Rosamond

California, The United States.
II
Weak
58 mi (94 km)
SSE from epicenter
Stevenson Ranch

California, The United States.
II
Weak
58 mi (94 km)
S from epicenter
Ventura

California, The United States.
II
Weak
58 mi (94 km)
SW from epicenter
Santa Barbara

California, The United States.
II
Weak
58 mi (94 km)
SSE from epicenter
Moorpark

California, The United States.
II
Weak
60 mi (96 km)
SE from epicenter
Canyon Country

California, The United States.
II
Weak
60 mi (96 km)
SSE from epicenter
Santa Clarita

California, The United States.
II
Weak
62 mi (99 km)
SSE from epicenter
Simi Valley

California, The United States.
II
Weak
62 mi (100 km)
ESE from epicenter
Lancaster

California, The United States.
II
Weak
62 mi (100 km)
S from epicenter
Camarillo

California, The United States.
II
Weak
62 mi (100 km)
SW from epicenter
Goleta

California, The United States.
II
Weak
63 mi (102 km)
S from epicenter
Oxnard

California, The United States.
II
Weak
67 mi (108 km)
SSE from epicenter
Thousand Oaks

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
67 mi (108 km)
ESE from epicenter
Palmdale

California, The United States.
II
Weak
70 mi (112 km)
SSE from epicenter
Northridge

California, The United States.
II
Weak
71 mi (115 km)
SSE from epicenter
Woodland Hills

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
75 mi (120 km)
SSE from epicenter
Van Nuys

California, The United States.
II
Weak
76 mi (122 km)
W from epicenter
Santa Maria

California, The United States.
II
Weak
79 mi (127 km)
SE from epicenter
Burbank

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
80 mi (129 km)
SSE from epicenter
Universal City

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
83 mi (133 km)
SE from epicenter
Glendale

California, The United States.
II
Weak
83 mi (134 km)
SSE from epicenter
Hollywood

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
85 mi (136 km)
N from epicenter
Visalia

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
86 mi (139 km)
SE from epicenter
Pasadena

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
86 mi (139 km)
SSE from epicenter
Koreatown

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
88 mi (142 km)
SE from epicenter
Los Angeles

California, The United States.
II
Weak
91 mi (146 km)
SSE from epicenter
Inglewood

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
93 mi (149 km)
SE from epicenter
East Los Angeles

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
99 mi (159 km)
SSE from epicenter
Torrance

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
106 mi (171 km)
SE from epicenter
Pomona

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
107 mi (172 km)
SSE from epicenter
Long Beach

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
110 mi (177 km)
SE from epicenter
Ontario

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
111 mi (178 km)
SE from epicenter
Rancho Cucamonga

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
112 mi (180 km)
SE from epicenter
Anaheim

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
114 mi (184 km)
SE from epicenter
Garden Grove

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
118 mi (190 km)
SE from epicenter
Santa Ana

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
119 mi (191 km)
SSE from epicenter
Huntington Beach

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
119 mi (191 km)
SE from epicenter
Fontana

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
119 mi (191 km)
NNW from epicenter
Fresno

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
124 mi (199 km)
SE from epicenter
Irvine

California, The United States.
I
Not felt
Cities and Towns around the epicenter of this earthquake.

Earthquake Intensity Map

The graph below overlays a map of the region around the epicenter with earthquake intensity data provided by the US Geographic Survey. The highest intensity level detected for this earthquake is IV.

I Not felt
II Weak
III Weak
IV Light
V Moderate
VI Strong
VII Very Strong
VIII Severe
IX Violent
X Extreme
Earthquake Intensity Map based on Shakemap Data provided by USGS.

3 Aftershocks detected

After this earthquake struck, 3 smaller aftershocks occurred. A 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit 3 hrs later 0.9 mi (1.5 km) east-southeast of this earthquake.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 4.1 Jun 24, 2024 03:31PM
(Los Angeles Time)
-
Aftershock M 2.5 1 hr later
Jun 24, 2024 04:53PM (Los Angeles Time)
0.6 mi (0.9 km)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 2.8 2 hrs later
Jun 24, 2024 05:57PM (Los Angeles Time)
0.4 mi (0.6 km)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.4 3 hrs later
Jun 24, 2024 06:04PM (Los Angeles Time)
0.9 mi (1.5 km)
ESE from Main Shock.
Detected MAG2.5+ earthquakes within within 100km (62 mi), that occurred in the three days before and after the main shock.

More earthquakes coming?

Aftershocks are usually at least 1 order of magnitude less strong than main shocks. The more time passes, the smaller the chance and likely strength of any potential aftershocks.

It's always adviced to be cautious of the risk of a larger shock following any significant earthquake, however this risk is fairly small. There is a roughly 94 percent change that no larger main shock will follow in the days following this earthquake.

Read: How to Stay Safe during an Earthquake (cdc.gov).

Earthquakes like this happen often in the region

Earthquakes of this strength are very common in the region. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since April 18th, 2024, when a 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit 43 mi (69 km) further north-east. An even stronger magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck on July 6th, 2019.

In total, 136 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.1 or higher have been registered within 300km (186 mi) of this epicenter in the past 10 years. This comes down to an average of once every 27 days.

Tsunami very unlikely

DISCLAIMER: We strongly suggest to closely monitor advice from local authorities with regards to tsunami risks. Our analysis is based on automatically collected data from external sources, and these might contain mistakes. In addition, earthquakes can cause landslides that may lead to a tsunami, or be a followed by another, potentially stonger, earthquake.

While MAG-6.5+ earthquakes may cause tsunami's, it appears that the epicenter of this earthquake hit under land. In addition, the reported depth is deeper than 100km, making the risk of a tsunami even less likely. However always stay cautious and monitor advice from local authorities.

Tsunami Risk Factors

Factor Under Sea? MAG-6.5 or stronger? Shallow depth?
Explanation Almost all tsunami's are caused by earthquakes with their epicenter under sea or very near the sea. However stay cautious in coastal areas as earthquakes on land may cause landslides into sea, potentially still causing a local tsunami. Under MAG 6.5: Very unlikely to cause a tsunami.
MAG 6.5 to 7.5: Destructive tsunami's do occur, but are uncommon. Likely to observe small sea level changes.
MAG 7.6+: Earthquakes with these magnitudes might produce destructive tsunami's.
Most destructive tsunami's are caused by shallow earthquakes with a depth between 0 and 100km under the surface of the earth. Deeper tsunami's are unlikely to displace to ocean floor.
This Earthquake Not this earthquake.
This earthquake appears to have struck on land far from any coast.
Not this earthquake.
This earthquake had a magnitude of 4.1. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 8 mi (12 km). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 18/07/24 01:38 (). This article is automatically generated based on available data. We keep checking multiple sources for additional information. This article gets updated as new details on this earthquake become available.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake ci40809504
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240624_0000207
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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