Earthquake Shakes Aromas

By Lori Preuitt
|  Monday, Aug 9, 2010  |  Updated 9:13 PM PDT
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Earthquake Shakes Aromas

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Earthquake Seismograph

The USGS reports a 3.9 earthquake in the Aromas Hollister Watsonville area Monday afternoon just before 6 p.m.  The Associated Press reported more than 100 people reported feeling the temblor. Most described it as a light shaking.

There are no reports of damage.

David Oppenheimer, who is a seismologist with USGS, says he thinks the quake was on the San Andreas fault.  He says it was felt from San Jose to Salinas.  Oppenheimer said he does not believe the quake, which he categorized as small, would be any kind of a foreshadow  to a larger earthquake on the San Andreas.

Let us know if you felt it by emailing newstips@nbcbayarea.com.  Jackie in Watsonville wrote:  A big bang, like a sonic boom, followed by a few seconds of quivers.

Jackie in Gilroy said she was sitting down on the cement with her friend doing their nails when the earthquake hit. She said suddenly the whole ground and trailers started shaking.

Candice was also in Gilroy.  She said the shaking wasn't as hard as she has felt in the past. She added no matter the size of the quake, each one starts her heart racing.

The quake hit two miles north of Aromas and 14 miles west of Hollister, according to USGS. It was 3.3 miles deep and hit at exactly at 5:51 p.m.  You can see the exact location at this link.

Aromas sits in both both Monterey County and San Benito County.

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