3.9 magnitude earthquake strikes San Jacinto mountains, jolts felt throughout southland

PALM SPRINGS – The San Jacinto Mountains and surrounding areas were rattled today by an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.9, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Automated sensors recorded the quake at 12:47 a.m. about six miles southeast of Valle Vista in Riverside County, or about 19 miles west-southwest of Palm Springs, the USGS reported.

Residents all across the Coachella Valley and western Riverside County reported light to moderate shaking. The quake was felt from Indio to the San Fernando Valley and as far south as San Diego.

No damage was reported.


According to the United States Geological Survey site, a 3.9 earthquake struck at 12:47 am this morning, 9 km southeast of Valle Vista, California.

It was 11 miles deep and felt as far north as Fontana and as far south as San Diego. By 1:20 am 1028 people in 126 zip codes had reported feeling the shaker, describing it as weak to moderate.

Nearby Cities:

Idyllwild, CA – 11 km (7 miles) WSW (238 degrees)

Hemet, CA – 15 km (10 miles) ESE (113 degrees)

Anza, CA – 20 km (13 miles) NW (319 degrees)

Palm Springs, CA – 28 km (18 miles) WSW (241 degrees)


24 Responses to "3.9 magnitude earthquake strikes San Jacinto mountains, jolts felt throughout southland"

  1. jackson fam   October 28, 2012 at 1:09 am

    the earthquake was strong jolt that woke me and my mom out of our sleep,she lives on sorrento ln san jacinto, very strong earthquake,scary.

  2. Sabrina Sanchez   October 28, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Felt earthquake pretty good here in Hemet. It was a strong quick jolt.

  3. donna   October 28, 2012 at 2:08 am

    I felt it in Menifee.

  4. shaun macias   October 28, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Im not ready for the big one ,but we all no its coming

  5. Eddie George (experiencedmovinglabor.com   October 28, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I was still awake, I live in Vista Gardens apartments on fruitvale ave in hemet and i felt the shock it shook our whole apartment i about jumped out of bed and about passed my kidney stone it scared me so bad !.

    I told my wife that was a freaking earthquake and she said it felt like an explosion. so i researched it and just read this article .

  6. justwondering   October 28, 2012 at 6:11 am

    felt it here in fallbrook..a good quick jolt

  7. Gary Hermanowski   October 28, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Mirage Cove Rancho Mirage quick jolt with a prolonged rumble.

  8. FAM. MEZA   October 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

    I did not feel a thing ,but my wife was running around waking everyone up….. says it was quite a jolt.

  9. Susan   October 28, 2012 at 7:26 am

    The quake was a sharp, quick, hard jolt at 12:47 am on Sun. early am. My 72 mom woke up before it happened and she had the time exactly right. We live by Thornton Ave. in Hemet. It woke me up in bed and it felt like a quick rumble.

  10. Amber   October 28, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I agree, it was pretty strong, but ended quick. I’m in Hemet, near West Valley High, and it woke me up.

  11. nancysongwriter   October 28, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Thanks!! Looked everywhere for info on this quake !! Remembered I should have looked at your paper 1st!! Was awake in bed in Anza and what a jolt, actually 2 jolts. It made the house move..a bit scary, but pretty used to earthquakes by now..thanks for info.

  12. Village/Valley Staff   October 28, 2012 at 9:17 am

    It woke me up from a sound sleep in Fallbrook. Others in my house said it felt like two jolts, a minor one and then a stronger one. Seemed pretty strong to have been a 3.9 out in Hemet area.

  13. Candice   October 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I felt in in Temecula. It woke me up. It felt like it was "rolling".

  14. Sarah   October 28, 2012 at 9:22 am

    It woke me up scared me so much I laid on top of my kids lol thought it was an explosion

  15. Julie   October 28, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Fell asleep on the couch about an hour before the quake, so I was pretty sound asleep and this one woke me up. It was small and over quickly, but quite a jolt.

  16. Sabrina   October 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I was awake watching the reports on the earthquake in canada. I felt nothing here in temecula.

  17. Toni K   October 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    We felt it in Palm Desert, we heard it coming.

  18. felt it   October 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    It was very scary even were i was in rainbow felt something here

  19. Vacation   October 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    On vacation in palm desert and we were still awake and all looked at each other and said ‘did you feel that?’
    It was a quick jolt but has left me a little nervous and wanting to protect my children

  20. yvette   October 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I felt it in lake elsinore

  21. cacarole   October 29, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Heard it before we felt it in west Hemet

  22. sherrie harrison   October 29, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    felt it in temecula ca

  23. Vic   October 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Sounded and felt like an explosion

    our friend in Canada felt it too within seconds

    That’s just somewhat a mystery

  24. Pink   October 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    there was an earthquake in Canada as well, probably what your friend felt Vic.


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