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Earthquake Recap: Santa Clara County Jolted by 13 Shakers

A baker's dozen of earthquakes, including one registering a 3.3 on the Richter scale, shook up the county June 19 through 25.

Santa Clara County was aflutter with seismic activity this past week as 13 earthquakes rumbled close to seven area cities.

Six quakes hit South County alone, including two that registered a 3.0 or above on the Richter scale, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s website.

The first of two quakes to strike near Gilroy punched in at a 1.2, hitting at 12:11 a.m. Friday three miles south of the Garlic City.

The next night, a heavy 3.0 shaker jolted an area five miles southeast of the city at 8:12 p.m.

Morgan Hill saw its fair share of tremblers, including a 3.3 quake that rocked an area nine miles north of the city. This one hit at 1:13 a.m. Monday. A 1.5 aftershock clocked in over an hour later at 2:43 a.m., emanating from the same location.

Another 1.5 quake had hit close to Morgan Hill two days earlier, striking at 3:52 p.m. eight miles to the north.

Not to be left out, San Martin saw a 1.0 rumble strike five miles northeast of the city at 7:03 p.m. Tuesday.

Cupertino had four quakes, three of which occurred on the same day. The first struck Tuesday at 12:14 a.m. Registering a 2.7, this trembler’s epicenter was four miles southwest of the city.

Three minutes later, a 1.2 quake struck from the same direction but three miles out from city limits. Later that same day, a 1.1 rumble hit three miles west at 1:57 p.m. Another 1.1 struck at 5:20 p.m. Thursday, three miles out west as well.

Campbell was startled by a tiny tremble at 5:36 p.m. Friday. Registering a 1.0, the quake hit just one mile southwest of the Orchard City. 

Earlier in the day, a 1.1 quake quivered four miles northeast of Milpitas. Striking at 4:18 a.m., the quake’s epicenter was measured at a depth of 0.0 kilometers, indicating it may have been a quarry blast picked up by the USGS's equipment.

Los Altos completed the county’s baker's dozen with a 1.5 rumble of its own, which struck at 12:43 a.m. Thursday three miles south of the city.

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