Earthquake: 3.1 quake registered near Salinas, Calif.

Earthquake: 3.1 quake registered near Prunedale, Calif.
Location of the epicenter of Saturday morning’s quake.

A magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Saturday morning at 6:29 a.m. Pacific time one mile from Prunedale, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake occurred six miles from Gilroy, Calif., six miles from Watsonville, Calif., nine miles from Hollister, Calif. and 10 miles from Salinas, Calif.

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 5.0 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. Prepare yourself by following our five-step 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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