3.8 earthquake shakes the Santa Barbara area


A magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported Saturday at 6:48 p.m. PDT 11 miles from Goleta, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake was centered 13 miles from Santa Barbara and 22 miles from Lompoc, Calif., at a depth of 7.1 miles.

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.

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