As many as 12 earthquakes and aftershocks struck Northern California early Friday, waking residents in the pre-dawn hours and rattling the region for hours afterward.
The strongest of the quakes was a magnitude 4.1 that struck just before 6 a.m. about seven miles south of Tres Pinos in San Benito County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That temblor was followed by three smaller quakes in the same area.
Two hours later, four additional small earthquakes struck in the same region near Hollister. Within the next hour, four more small quakes followed. All were within eight miles of Tres Pinos, according to the USGS.
The 4.1 quake was of moderate strength, according to the USGS. The smallest was a magnitude 2.7 quake reported at 8:55 a.m. No damage was reported in the area.
Hollister police Sgt. Michael Paddy described the strongest earthquake as “very minor.”
Those who reported feeling the ground shake on social media said they were awakened by the small quakes, but there was little alarm or reports of major damage.