ShakeMap (Calculated intensity of this earthquake near Fresno):

View ShakeMap, Epicenter and historical seismicity on interactive map

General data about this earthquake:

Time (UTC): 2022-08-08 20:44
Magnitude: 4.4
Depth: 5.0 km
Maximum intensity: 5.2 (EMS scale)

Given earthquake data might be preliminary (uncertain) until manual revision by a scientist is done.

Nearby places

City Country Intensity (EMS-98) Population Distance epicenter (km) Effects
Topaz Ranch Estates US 4.3 2000 17.8 clearly felt
Smith Valley US 3.8 2000 24.5 weakly felt
Smith US 3.7 1000 26.7 weakly felt
Bridgeport US 3.2 1000 40.7 weakly felt
Gardnerville Ranchos US 3.0 11000 42.6 weakly felt
Carson City US 2.3 55000 70.4 barely felt
Sparks US 1.7 96000 109.2 not felt
Reno US 1.6 241000 110.0 not felt
Folsom US 1.3 76000 150.7 not felt
Rocklin US 1.2 61000 157.1 not felt

Current earthquake activity near Fresno:

In the past 30 days, 71 earthquakes of magnitude 2.2 or higher were detected in Central California (see map section). Therefore, the earthquake activity of the past month has been significantly lower relative to long-term trends (more than 20% deviation).


Since 1960, 233 earthquakes larger than Magnitude 4.4 were detected in this region. This makes an average of 3.9 earthquakes larger than M4.4 per year around Fresno. Therefore, the general earthquake activity is usually high and quakes of this size have an average recurrence time of approx. 3.1 months (93 days).

Largest earthquakes in this map section* (Fresno and nearby)

Date Magnitude Depth (km)
1989-10-18 6.9 17
2020-5-15 6.5 3
1986-7-21 6.4 9
1975-10-28 6.4 0
1976-3-14 6.3 0
1976-2-12 6.3 0
1984-4-24 6.2 8
1980-5-27 6.2 14
1976-1-3 6.2 0
1975-6-26 6.2 0

*Data: USGS (Magnitude 5 +, since 1960). See all historical earthquakes in the interactive map linked above.

What to do in case of an earthquake?

1. No panic.

2. If you are inside a building: Seek shelter under stable furniture (e.g. dining table). Be aware of falling objects. Do not flee the building! Falling roof tiles, bricks and glass can harm you. After the shaking stopped: Turn off the electronical devices. Check gas pipes for leaks. Check for structural damage. Leave your house if you are uncertain. In case of damage: Do not enter the building before professional savety check! Dangerous aftershocks might follow. Help your neighbours if necessary.
If outdoors: Keep away from buildings, try to find open space, crouch down and cover your head with your arms. Do not run on streets before checking for cars. Always watch your environment.

3. If you are near the coast: In case of strong or long-lasting shaking evacuate to higher grounds immediately! A tsunami might be possible. Do not wait for official warnings. In areas of high tsunami threat, follow the evacuation route signs but be aware of possible damaged buildings and landslides on your route. Once reaching a higher / save point, listen to official instructions and warnings.

4. If you are in the mountains or near a steep slope: Watch for rockfalls, landslides and avalanches. Get away from slopes immediately and protect your head with your arms.

5. Try to help people in need. Take special care for eldery people and children. After the earthquake stopped, confirm that your neighbours, friends and family are save. Help them, if necessary but do not get yourself into a dangerous situation. Call and wait for professional rescue teams.