Nov 2, 2018 – The ground came alive in the Salinas Valley Friday morning.
The United States Geological Survey recorded more than 24 earthquakes in Central California along the San Andreas Fault Friday morning.
— EarthquakeBrace+Bolt (@EQBraceBolt) November 2, 2018
Within a span of five hours, 21 quakes with magnitudes of 1.0 and above rattled the area near Salinas and Hollister.
The cluster started with a magnitude 4.1 temblor striking 12 miles from Hollister and 19 miles from Salinas at 4:58 a.m. at a depth of .6 miles. Multiple aftershocks followed, including temblors with magnitudes of 3.0, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5 and 3.6, all in the same area.
These earthquakes are occurring in an area where this is completely to be expected,” says Brian Kilgore, a geophysicist with the USGS office in Menlo Park. “These are all located along the San Andreas Fault system. It’s known as the creeping section so there’s always a low level of seismic activity. Nothing unexpected or unusual.”
— Aimee Rodden (@arodden) November 2, 2018
Kilgore says the series of quakes doesn’t provide information on when a bigger earthquake event will hit as scientists can’t predict these events.
“The bad news is we live in earthquake country,” he says. “The good news is these earthquakes that are large enough to be felt but don’t cause any damage are a good reminder to be prepared. A large earthquake isn’t a matter of if, but when.”
There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quakes, but the USGS said the quakes were widely and strongly felt in nearby Hollister followed by Salinas, Gonzales, Monterey, Carmel Valley and Santa Cruz.
Residents in the area took to Twitter to report the shaker.
my coworkers were texting in our gc at 6am because we had just had an earthquake and their texts woke me up and then I felt another one while I was laying in bed trying to go back to sleep…. gotta love California
— e r i c a ◟̽◞̽ (@fIickernouis) November 2, 2018
Why am I awake!? Oh yeah.. the earthquake woke me up. I swear I jinxed California by saying we don't get any anymore, and ALL OF A SUDDEN it keeps happening.
— Heather (@ivheather) November 2, 2018