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Magnitude 6.5 quake near San Simeon, CA

Last updated: 2014-10-13 21:28:53 UTC

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The Anza group at the University of California San Diego operates a broadband seismograph network consisting of 17 three component broadband seismograph stations centered near Anza, California (see map).

On Monday, December 22nd, 2003 at 11:15 AM (PST) we recorded a quake (preliminary mb 6.50) located near the city of San Simeon. There have been reports of building damage in the nearby town of Paso Robles, and some reports of road damage. A spokesman for Pacific Gas & Electric, the utility that serves the area, said about 10,000 customers were without power after the earthquake triggered rockslides that brought down power lines near San Luis Obispo.

Update 12/23/03 09:11 - Latest reports include 2 deaths related to falling debris in the town of Paso Robles after the main shock, plus numerous minor injuries such as broken bones, cuts and grazes. Building damage included the destruction of the second storey of the landmark clock tower in Paso Robles, with a total of 82 downtown buildings reporting damage in Paso Robles. Approximately 75,000 homes and businesses in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties were without power after the main shock, but service had been restored to all but 1,600 by Tuesday morning said Pacific Gas & Electric spokesman Bill Roake.

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Source parameters for the recent event and associated aftershocks are shown below. The epicentral distance (distance separating the epicenter and the closest station in the recording network) for Anza is 347 km (3.12 degrees).

This map shows the mainshock (red star) and any associated aftershocks (orange stars). Anza network stations are blue triangles.

Global mecator event map

This map shows just the area surrounding Paso Robles, including the nearby cities of San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria and Lompoc. The mainshock is a red star and the aftershocks are orange stars. Fault-lines are in red, and major highways are in gray.

Detailed event map of Central California

 

Latitude Longitude Origin time (UTC) Origin time (PDT) Depth (km) Magnitude Author
35.7100 -121.1000 (356) 2003-12-22 19:15:56 (356) 2003-12-22 11:15:56 7.6 6.5mb QED
35.6440 -121.0510 (356) 2003-12-22 19:26:07 (356) 2003-12-22 11:26:07 4.0 3.9ml QED_weekly
35.6470 -121.0260 (356) 2003-12-22 19:30:09 (356) 2003-12-22 11:30:09 8.0 4.4ml QED_weekly
35.6450 -121.0530 (356) 2003-12-22 19:53:29 (356) 2003-12-22 11:53:29 4.5 4.6ml QED_weekly
35.4103 -120.8202 (356) 2003-12-22 19:59:33 (356) 2003-12-22 11:59:33 0.0 4.2ml UCSD:vladik
35.5440 -120.9380 (356) 2003-12-22 20:01:32 (356) 2003-12-22 12:01:32 0.0 4.0ml QED_weekly
35.6910 -121.1120 (356) 2003-12-22 20:06:14 (356) 2003-12-22 12:06:14 6.5 4.1ml QED_weekly
35.4680 -121.3400 (356) 2003-12-22 20:41:43 (356) 2003-12-22 12:41:43 4.2 4.4ml QED_weekly
35.7130 -121.0690 (356) 2003-12-22 21:31:36 (356) 2003-12-22 13:31:36 3.7 4.3ml QED_weekly
35.2088 -120.8567 (356) 2003-12-22 23:35:59 (356) 2003-12-22 15:35:59 0.0 3.6ml UCSD:vladik
35.5290 -120.8900 (356) 2003-12-22 23:52:36 (356) 2003-12-22 15:52:36 2.9 4.1ml QED_weekly
35.5299 -120.6398 (357) 2003-12-23 00:27:23 (356) 2003-12-22 16:27:23 0.0 3.5ml UCSD:vladik
35.6890 -121.1130 (357) 2003-12-23 02:06:55 (356) 2003-12-22 18:06:55 6.0 4.2ml QED_weekly
35.7090 -121.0720 (357) 2003-12-23 02:56:49 (356) 2003-12-22 18:56:49 8.0 4.1ml QED_weekly
35.6990 -121.1160 (357) 2003-12-23 03:46:00 (356) 2003-12-22 19:46:00 5.6 4.5mb QED_weekly
35.6670 -121.1100 (357) 2003-12-23 05:30:19 (356) 2003-12-22 21:30:19 5.6 4.5mb QED_weekly
35.5250 -120.9300 (357) 2003-12-23 09:41:49 (357) 2003-12-23 01:41:49 8.0 4.0ml QED_weekly
35.6960 -121.1100 (357) 2003-12-23 11:40:36 (357) 2003-12-23 03:40:36 5.7 4.2ml QED_weekly
35.3639 -120.8955 (357) 2003-12-23 14:42:06 (357) 2003-12-23 06:42:06 0.0 3.4ml UCSD:vladik
35.6540 -121.0450 (357) 2003-12-23 18:17:11 (357) 2003-12-23 10:17:11 6.9 4.6ms QED_weekly
36.4265 -120.3925 (358) 2003-12-24 04:15:16 (357) 2003-12-23 20:15:16 110.9 3.4ml UCSD:vladik
35.5237 -120.9532 (358) 2003-12-24 05:22:29 (357) 2003-12-23 21:22:29 0.0 3.4ml UCSD:vladik
35.3402 -120.9511 (358) 2003-12-24 09:36:10 (358) 2003-12-24 01:36:10 27.5 3.4ml UCSD:vladik
35.5974 -120.8742 (358) 2003-12-24 14:32:50 (358) 2003-12-24 06:32:50 0.0 3.4ml UCSD:vladik
35.6570 -121.1040 (359) 2003-12-25 05:20:13 (358) 2003-12-24 21:20:13 5.0 4.2ml UCSD:vladik
35.6520 -121.0940 (359) 2003-12-25 05:21:59 (358) 2003-12-24 21:21:59 3.8 4.3ml UCSD:vladik
35.6570 -121.0910 (359) 2003-12-25 06:34:49 (358) 2003-12-24 22:34:49 1.0 QED_weekly
35.6602 -120.5318 (359) 2003-12-25 08:22:38 (359) 2003-12-25 00:22:38 0.0 3.2ml QED_weekly
35.3468 -121.1706 (359) 2003-12-25 09:45:55 (359) 2003-12-25 01:45:55 0.0 3.8ml UCSD:vladik
35.5788 -121.2481 (359) 2003-12-25 10:14:23 (359) 2003-12-25 02:14:23 25.8 3.4ml UCSD:vladik
35.5530 -120.8390 (359) 2003-12-25 11:50:01.000 1.0 4.5mb QED_weekly
35.5510 -120.8544 (359) 2003-12-25 14:14:45 (359) 2003-12-25 06:14:45 19.2 3.3ml UCSD:vladik
35.2675 -121.0804 (359) 2003-12-25 18:23:33 (359) 2003-12-25 10:23:33 0.0 3.5ml UCSD:vladik
35.4731 -120.9208 (360) 2003-12-26 15:38:47 (360) 2003-12-26 07:38:47 0.0 3.7ml UCSD:vladik
35.4304 -120.9282 (361) 2003-12-27 21:29:40 (361) 2003-12-27 13:29:40 0.0 3.8ml UCSD:vladik
35.6140 -120.8970 (362) 2003-12-28 01:47:46 (361) 2003-12-27 17:47:46 5.6 3.8ml QED_weekly
35.6980 -121.1370 (363) 2003-12-29 09:05:05 (363) 2003-12-29 01:05:05 7.0 3.8ml QED_weekly
35.7200 -121.0970 (363) 2003-12-29 18:05:51 (363) 2003-12-29 10:05:51 5.4 3.8ml QED_weekly
35.7210 -121.0920 (364) 2003-12-30 06:19:44 (363) 2003-12-29 22:19:44 5.3 3.6ml QED_weekly
35.5320 -120.8020 (364) 2003-12-30 18:44:05 (364) 2003-12-30 10:44:05 1.1 3.3ml QED_weekly
35.6730 -121.1300 (364) 2003-12-30 21:17:40 (364) 2003-12-30 13:17:40 4.0 3.6ml QED_weekly
35.7190 -121.0730 (365) 2003-12-31 04:12:10 (364) 2003-12-30 20:12:10 5.6 3.7ml QED_weekly
35.7200 -121.0580 (001) 2004-01-01 11:13:29 (001) 2004-01-01 03:13:29 3.4 3.8ml QED_weekly
35.7080 -120.9720 (001) 2004-01-01 14:03:08 (001) 2004-01-01 06:03:08 0.0 3.6ml QED_weekly
35.6650 -121.1060 (001) 2004-01-01 23:21:30 (001) 2004-01-01 15:21:30 4.0 3.8ml QED_weekly
35.6460 -121.0830 (002) 2004-01-02 06:40:21 (001) 2004-01-01 22:40:21 3.8 3.7ml QED_weekly
35.7040 -121.0610 (002) 2004-01-02 06:44:31 (001) 2004-01-01 22:44:31 4.6 3.5ml QED_weekly
35.7050 -121.1530 (002) 2004-01-02 10:44:51 (002) 2004-01-02 02:44:51 3.0 QED_weekly
35.7100 -121.1500 (002) 2004-01-02 10:47:390 (002) 2004-01-02 02:47:39 3.0 4.2mb QED
35.7050 -121.1480 (002) 2004-01-02 10:53:39 (002) 2004-01-02 02:53:39 3.0 3.6ml QED_weekly
35.6530 -121.0960 (003) 2004-01-03 22:28:52 (003) 2004-01-03 14:28:52 0.0 3.4ml QED_weekly
35.7060 -121.0580 (003) 2004-01-03 09:09:49 (003) 2004-01-03 01:09:49 5.5 3.5ml QED_weekly
35.6510 -121.0950 (004) 2004-01-04 05:43:51 (003) 2004-01-03 21:43:51 2.4 3.7ml QED_weekly
35.6870 -121.1050 (004) 2004-01-04 23:17:15 (004) 2004-01-04 15:17:15 5.7 3.5ml QED_weekly
35.7170 -121.0490 (005) 2004-01-05 10:24:50 (005) 2004-01-05 02:24:50 4.4 3.5ml QED_weekly
35.6440 -121.0780 (006) 2004-01-06 06:39:29 (005) 2004-01-05 22:39:29 0.1 3.8ml QED_weekly
35.7230 -121.0910 (006) 2004-01-06 18:28:38 (006) 2004-01-06 10:28:38 5.6 3.9ml QED_weekly
35.6580 -121.0520 (007) 2004-01-07 10:54:09 (007) 2004-01-07 02:54:09 3.1 3.5ml QED_weekly
35.6730 -121.1150 (009) 2004-01-09 00:07:34 (008) 2004-01-08 16:07:34 5.0 3.5ml QED_weekly
35.5100 -120.9310 (010) 2004-01-10 04:09:31 (009) 2004-01-09 20:09:31 4.0 3.5ml QED_weekly
35.6980 -121.0430 (010) 2004-01-10 09:10:45 (010) 2004-01-10 01:10:45 5.5 3.2ml QED_weekly
35.5790 -120.7970 (014) 2004-01-14 01:09:16 (013) 2004-01-13 17:09:16 5.0 3.7ml QED_weekly
35.5940 -120.9000 (017) 2004-01-17 09:41:26 (017) 2004-01-17 01:41:26 0.0 3.4ml QED_weekly
35.7420 -121.1130 (018) 2004-01-18 17:57:07 (018) 2004-01-18 09:57:07 6.9 3.2ml QED_weekly
35.6340 -120.9180 (019) 2004-01-19 11:13:54 (019) 2004-01-19 03:13:54 9.6 3.1ml QED_weekly
35.6450 -120.9380 (019) 2004-01-19 22:36:45 (019) 2004-01-19 14:36:45 7.7 3.5ml QED_weekly
35.5570 -120.8320 (021) 2004-01-21 06:25:58 (020) 2004-01-20 22:25:58 0.0 3.5ml QED_weekly
34.7160 -121.0780 (021) 2004-01-21 22:11:19 (021) 2004-01-21 14:11:19 4.6 3.0ml QED_weekly
35.7280 -121.0680 (023) 2004-01-23 00:34:18 (022) 2004-01-22 16:34:18 1.3 3.4ml QED_weekly

The location and magnitude determined for this event are preliminary and are subject to change upon further review of seismic data.

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Of local interest:
We operate a broadband station on Mt. Soledad. At 11:16 (PST) station SOL recorded the P wave from this event. Here is a view of that event as picked by our analyst. A pink "P" indicates a P wave arrival, a pink "S" indicates an S wave arrival.

3 component seismometer recordings at Soledad

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