3.4 quake registered near King City, Calif.

Map detail showing the epicenter near King City, Calif., plus a full-state inset indicating it is in Central California.
A magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported Jan. 3 at 8:40 a.m. 15 miles from King City, Calif.
(U.S. Geological Survey)

A magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported Friday at 8:40 a.m. Pacific time 15 miles from King City, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred 22 miles from Greenfield, Calif., 26 miles from Coalinga, Calif., 28 miles from Soledad, Calif. and 39 miles from El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles), Calif.

In the last 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 3.1 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.

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