Southern California Earthquake Data Center

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Santa Barbara Earthquake

Time: June 30, 1941 / 11:51 pm, PST
Location: 34° 22' N, 119° 35' W about 10 km (6 miles) ESE of Santa Barbara about 7 km (4 miles) WSW of Carpinteria
Magnitude: ML5.5

 

The shaking from this quake, which was felt as far away as Mojave, Lake Arrowhead, and even San Diego, reached an intensity of VIII (on the Modified Mercalli intensity scale) in Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. Several water mains were broken. Some walls cracked and fell. The tops of streetlights snapped off, and goods were thrown down from store shelves. Damage was estimated at roughly $150,000.

 

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