Earthquake Today: 3.3 Quake Hits Near Salinas, San Jose


An earthquake hit today in central California, one mile west of Hollister and 12 miles southeast of Gilroy.

The quake was magnitude 3.3. It hit at a depth of 5.9 miles (9.5 kilometers).

The quake also hit 14 miles east-northeast of Prunedale and 17 miles northeast of Salinas, the U.S. Geological Service reported.

For a bigger context, the quake hit 119 miles south of Sacramento and about 100 miles southeast of San Francisco.

Story developing; check back for updates

Category: US US News

  • HeyJude

    A daily occurance recently….but my friend epazote has given me a resident’s perspective. Most do not notice these smaller ones, and damage is not being done. If you arrive, epazote, confirm? LOL So then my question is….they are being detected and reported by scientific monitoring, is this an unusual amount of quakes or par for the course? It seems like a lot to me – reading it from way over here on the East Coast.

    • Cynthia W.

      I wonder if he’s trying to say that these small, non-damaging quakes take enough stress off to prevent very big ones. Of course on the East Coast, ANY quake would be news.

      • HeyJude

        LOL Right, that’s how we had a conversation in the last news article…I was wondering how people got used to living with this. He said they don’t feel these small ones. Our little quake (felt in PA) a couple of years ago was front page, and on the local news for 3 days!

        • Cynthia W.

          I went to California a few years back to visit friends. Most just weren’t afraid of small quakes. Yet, they said they would be afraid of hurricanes.

          • HeyJude

            It must be conditioning…you live through a few quakes, it’s ok, but the thought of hurricanes brings the unknown fears. I guess everything can be equally destructive and life threatening, but we get used to our own hazards.

          • tense641

            The fear for me about hurricanes when I lived in Louisiana a thousand lifetimes ago was hearing about it coming a week before it would hit. Earthquakes just happen no time for the fear to build. If my cats disappeared or suddenly the wild birds stopped flying and or chirping then you know a good sized earthquake is going to happen, even dogs begin to act strangely.

          • epazote

            We California natives are terrified by tornados.
            At least with hurricanes, there’s plenty of warning beforehand
            * The Pacific ocean along the coastlines of northern Baja Calif Mexico, CA, OR, and WA is too cold to support hurricanes

          • Cynthia W.

            Tornados are scary. I’ve never seen one, but there’s so little time to get out of the way, and the path isn’t always accurate. California has so much going for it–beautiful scenery in the north, pleasant climate in the south, but it has the earthquakes and the wildfires. I guess no place is 100% safe. If I were to move, I would pick California, but it’s also very expensive to live there.

    • tense641

      I’m a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and epazote is absolutely right on natives not noticing a 3 or 4. earthquake. What we would notice were the touristas!

    • epazote

      Nah, these small tremors are par for the course. It’s actually a good thing. Small tremors relieve pressure building along the faultlines. tense is correct. We natives don’t notice them…only the newly transplanted and tourists get wide eyed after a 3-4 meg tremor

      • HeyJude

        8-) <—–that's my wide eyes. LOL


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