Earthquake Recap: Five Quakes Bounce Through Santa Clara County

A handful of relatively small earthquakes hit the county from July 9 through 12.

Santa Clara County saw a number of earthquakes over the last week, though none sent the Richter scale spiking.

The closest quake to Gilroy was a 1.2 Wednesday nine miles north of Morgan Hill, according to the U.S. Geological Survey website.

This doozy came in at a 1.2, hitting at 2:29 p.m. With a depth of 1.2 miles below the earth's surface, this rumble was the most activity South County would see all week.

The biggest quake to strike the county went down Tuesday three miles south of Los Altos. This one rang in at a 1.5 and struck at 3:44 p.m. Two days later, a 1.4 trembler struck at 2:02 p.m., again three miles south of the city.

Earlier Thursday morning, a 1.1 hit at 3:34 a.m. seven miles southwest of Los Altos Hills, a residential enclave west of Los Altos.

Milpitas saw a small shaker pass through Monday. This one registered a 1.2 on the Richter scale, hitting at 4:42 p.m. Residents living five miles northeast of the city proper would have felt this one hit.

Hollister, Gilroy's neighbor to the south, had a trifecta of quakes struck near its borders over the week. The first was a 1.3 Tuesday, bumping through an area of land five miles southwest of the city. This one struck at 7:51 a.m.

It wasn't until two days later that another quake, this time a 1.0 two miles in a northwesterly direction, would strike near the city. This one clocked in at 9:41 a.m.

To round out the week, another 1.0 hit at 6:21 p.m. the evening of Saturday, July 14. Anyone in the vicinity of six miles north of Hollister would have felt this mumble.

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