10/17/2014 — Earthquake strikes near dormant Pisgah Volcanic Crater East of Los Angeles, CA

Video here:

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Pisgah crater, a dormant volcanic cone located East of Los Angeles California near the Nevada border along Death Valley, just experienced some seismotectonic stress.

We’ve seen various activity , from minor earthquakes to major swarms , occur at this volcanic crater.

Pisgah / Amboy craters are two dormant volcanic cones, surrounded by black hardened lava flows

pisgah earthquake oct 17 2014


M3.1 – 31km SSE of Fort Irwin, California 2014-10-17 13:03:48 UTC

Event Time

  1. 2014-10-17 13:03:48 UTC
  2. 2014-10-17 06:03:48 UTC-07:00 at epicenter
  3. 2014-10-17 08:03:48 UTC-05:00 system time


35.016°N 116.509°W depth=1.6km (1.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 31km (19mi) SSE of Fort Irwin, California
  2. 48km (30mi) ENE of Barstow, California
  3. 52km (32mi) ENE of Barstow Heights, California
  4. 84km (52mi) NE of Apple Valley, California
  5. 444km (276mi) WNW of Phoenix, Arizona



Pisgah Crater is the most prominent feature of the Lavic Lake volcanic field, which contains four Quaternary cinder cones. The 100-m-high Pisgah Crater, seen here from the NW, and its surrounding 100-sq-km lava field are easily seen from nearby Interstate highway 40. The crater and nearby vents were the source of dominantly pahoehoe lava flows that traveled as far as 18 km NW over alluvial-fan and playa-lake deposits. Pisgah Crater was initially considered to be Holocene in age, but more recent dating indicates it is about 25,000 years old. Photo by Paul Kimberly, 1997 (Smithsonian Institution).


“The Lavic Lake volcanic field was considered to contain four Holocene cinder cones, three in the Lavic Lake area and a fourth in the Rodman Mountains 20 km to the west (Miller 1989). Pisgah Crater, a 100-m-high cinder cone, is the most prominent feature of the basaltic lava field. Nearby vents were the source of dominantly pahoehoe lava flows that traveled 8 km SE to Lavic Lake and in a narrow lobe over that traveled over alluvial-fan and playa-lake deposits as far as 18 km west of the vent. More recent work indicates a convergence of dates for Pisgah Crater from paleomagnetic, argon-argon, and cosmogenic helium at about 25,000 years BP (Reid 2002, pers. comm.). Another very youthful looking, but undated cinder cone and lava field of the Lavic Lake volcanic field is located in the Sunshine Peak area of the Lava Beds Mountains, south of the better known Pisgah Crater.

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Lavic Lake. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Lavic Lake page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

As many of my past viewers might know, Pisgah Volcano produced some questionable “plumes” in 2011, and 2012.

Some kind of ground based plume showed up on RADAR for multiple days, multiple times.   Followed by a 4.0M earthquake at the location after the hype over the plumes died out.


2011 plume appears for the first time:

2012 plume appears again:

2011 follow up earthquake:



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