HOLLISTER (CBS SF) — A magnitude 3.9 earthquake struck near San Juan Bautista in San Benito County Friday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s automated seismograph alert network.
The USGS reports the quake struck at 6:16 p.m. with the epicenter about 3 miles south southeast of the town, 7 miles west southwest of Hollister and 11 miles northeast of Salinas, at a depth of 4 miles.READ MORE: KPIX Reporters Remember Slain Security Guard Kevin Nishita; 'Just the Kindest Man'
Visitors to the USGS website from San Jose, Morgan Hill and Gilroy in the South Bay reported feeling the earthquake. The quake was also felt in Salinas, Monterey and Santa Cruz.
Deeper quakes are less noticeable while a shallow quake–in the 0 to 40 mile depth range–can feel much stronger than their actual reported magnitude. Quakes just below the earth’s surface, in the 0 to 10 miles range, can cause even more damage at lower magnitudes.READ MORE: UPDATE: News Crew Security Guard Shot in Oakland Dies From Injuries; Photo of Suspect Vehicle Released
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Strong earthquakes with an epicenter off the coast can trigger tsunamis, depending on the size and type of the fault movement. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center tracks earthquake data for the West Coast.
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