Earthquake: 3.9 quake hits near Hollister, Calif.

The earthquake occurred 11 miles from Hollister.
(Watson, Dan)

A magnitude 3.9 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning at 8:21 a.m. Pacific time 11 miles from Hollister, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred 12 miles from Soledad, 15 miles from Salinas, 17 miles from Prunedale and 22 miles from Greenfield.

In the past 10 days, there have been three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. A 3.5 quake happened earlier this morning.


An average of 234 earthquakes with magnitudes between 3.0 and 4.0 occur per year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three year data sample.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 5.0 miles. Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.

Even if you didn’t feel this small earthquake, you never know when the Big One is going to strike. Ready yourself by following our five-step earthquake preparedness guide and building your own emergency kit.

This story was automatically generated by Quakebot, a computer application that monitors the latest earthquakes detected by the USGS. A Times editor reviewed the post before it was published. If you’re interested in learning more about the system, visit our list of frequently asked questions.