Earthquake: 3.0 quake felt near Chowchilla, Calif.

A map shows the epicenter of the magnitude 3.0 quake.

A magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Friday afternoon at 3:14 p.m. Pacific time 20 miles from Chowchilla, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred 23 miles from Merced, 26 miles from Madera, 32 miles from Atwater and 33 miles from Clovis.

In the past 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

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 11.1 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.

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