Earthquake Recap: Eight Quakes Rattle Santa Clara County

A number of quakes—including a 3.5—struck the county between May 31 and June 3.

Santa Clara County saw eight earthquakes over the last week averaging a 1.6 on the Richter scale, according to the U.S. Geologial Survey's website.

The largest quake to hit the county had a preliminary reading of 3.5. Its epicenter was nine miles north of Morgan Hill and hit at 10:31 a.m. Sunday. A 1.6 aftershock clocked in at 11:22 a.m., emanating from the same location.

Gilroy’s closest quake was a weaker 1.1 on Saturday. This quake’s center was 10 miles east of the Garlic City and hit at 6:16 p.m.

Not to be left out of the South County quakes, San Martin saw a 1.2 shaker strike Wednesday, hitting at 7:41 p.m. It had an epicenter five miles northeast of the city.

Three quakes hit Los Altos in a matter of two days. The first was a 1.2 on Thursday, striking at 1:14 p.m. It was followed by a stronger 1.7 at 3:17 p.m. the same day. A 1.6 on Friday at 2:16 p.m. rounded out Los Altos’ trembler trifecta. Each was three miles south of the city, about 20 minutes from Campbell.

Los Gatos had a close one with a 1.1 magnitude shaker hitting Lexington Hills Thursday. The tiny tremor struck at 9:42 a.m. three miles southeast of the small mountain community.

Hollister, just over 15 miles south of Gilroy, saw a single shaker on Friday. Coming in at a 1.4, this quake struck at 11:21 a.m. six miles northwest of the city, about 11 miles southeast of Gilroy.

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