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Earthquakes: 2.9 and 3.5 quakes hit Central Coast near Hearst Castle

Earthquakes: 2.9 and 3.5 quakes hit Central Coast near Hearst Castle
A map shows the locations of the epicenters of Tuesday morning's two quakes near San Simeon on the Central Coast. (Bing Maps)

Two shallow earthquakes, one magnitude 2.9 and a second 3.5, were reported in rapid succession Tuesday morning near San Simeon, home of the Hearst Castle, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblors occurred about 13 seconds apart at 1:53 a.m. Pacific time. 

According to the USGS, the first 2.9 earthquake occurred at a depth of 4.2 miles, with an epicenter about 7 miles northeast of San Simeon and 25 miles from Paso Robles. The second 3.5 quake struck just one mile from Hearst Castle at a shallower depth of 3.1 miles.

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The quakes were reportedly felt as far away as San Luis Obispo, about 38 miles southeast from the two earthquakes, according to people who used USGS's 'Did you feel it?' self-reporting tool.

In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.

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