Earthquake: Magnitude 4.2 quake strikes near Prunedale, Calif.

Magnitude 4.2 quake strikes near Prunedale, Calif.
A map of the impact of Saturday’s earthquake.

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake was reported at 8:01 p.m. Saturday less than a mile from Prunedale, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake happened seven miles from Watsonville, seven miles from Gilroy, eight miles from Salinas and nine miles from Hollister.

In the last 10 days, there have been two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.


An average of 25 earthquakes with magnitudes between 4.0 and 5.0 occur per year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three-year data sample.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 4.9 miles. Did you feel this temblor? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.

Find out what to do before, and during, an earthquake near you by reading our five-step earthquake preparedness guide.

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.