The focal mechanism shown below graphically portrays the orientation of the fault plane on which the earthquake occurred and the direction of relative motion on that plane. This information was automatically calculated from the first motion directions of the compressional (P) waves. A more detailed explanation describes how to interpret a focal mechanism. If more than one mechanism exists for this earthquake, then any of the solutions fit the first-motion data equally well.
NCSS First Motion Mechanism P FIRST-MOTION FOCAL MECHANISM (double-couple source assumed) Event Date & Time : 05/02/2013 08:53:06 GMT = Thu May 02 01:53:06 PDT 2013 Location : 36.9648 N, 121.4538 W : (36 deg. 57.89 min. N, 121.deg. 27.23 min. W) Depth : 6.8 km. deep ( 4.2 miles) Magnitude : 2.8 MD # P First motions : 186 Strike uncertainty : 18 deg. Dip uncertainty : 15 deg. Rake uncertainty : 25 deg.