Flurry of small earthquakes shake near Hollister

There were two minor earthquakes in the Tres Pinos area Monday as part of a flurry of temblors in the region, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The first one was a 3.1-magnitude earthquake at 1:44 p.m., followed by a 2.8-magnitude quake at 1:48 p.m., according to the USGS. They were about 10 miles south-southeast of Tres Pinos and 15 miles south-southeast from Hollister. They were both at a depth of slightly over two miles.

The flurry of seismic stirrings shook things up near the Gilroy and Morgan Hill areas Monday, too.

A 2.6-magnitude earthquake occurred at 8:42 a.m. near San Felipe Road, just nine miles north of Morgan Hill and 12 miles north of San Martin, according to the USGS. This was followed by a smaller, 1.2-magnitude earthquake around 12:36 p.m. three miles south of Gilroy.

It was shaking in an area six miles north of Watsonville, where a 2.0 earthquake was recorded around 4:42 p.m.

Monday’s quake cluster was precipitated by two early-morning temblors in San Benito County, according to USGS records.

A 2.1 earthquake hit at 7:31 a.m. Friday two miles southwest of San Juan Bautista, followed by a 2.3-magnitude earthquake at 8:54 a.m. Sunday just one mile southeast of Aromas.

These recent patterns are nothing out of the ordinary, according to Susan Garcia, public information officer for the USGS Earthquake Science Center in northern California.

“Earthquakes can happen at any time of the year,” she said Tuesday over the phone. “We really don’t know when the next large earthquake will happen. The best thing we can do is to be prepared. The more we know, the better we’ll do and less fearful we’ll be.”

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