Magnitude 3.2 earthquake strikes offshore near Santa Cruz


A magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported at 9 a.m. Thursday off the Northern California coast 16 miles from Santa Cruz, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred 17 miles from Palo Alto, 18 miles from Scotts Valley, 20 miles from Saratoga and 21 miles from Cupertino at a depth of 4.6 miles. It was originally reported as a magnitude 3.1 quake.

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 of 3.0 to 4.0 occur each year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three-year data sample.

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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