Updated: More earthquakes hit Gilroy area

Takko-Machi residents 'shaken up' after earthquake

It’s really feeling shaky around Gilroy. There was another
earthquake Wednesday at about 8 p.m. near San Juan Bautista,
according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
It’s really feeling shaky around Gilroy.

There were two noticeable earthquakes at about 8 p.m. Wednesday near San Juan Bautista, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The first quake measured at magnitude-3.7. It was centered about three miles south of San Juan Bautista, according to the USGS website. The second was magnitude-4.0, according to the USGS. They were at 7:54 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.

The quakes, around eight miles from Hollister, were about 4.7 miles deep, according to the USGS.

At 12:51 a.m. Wednesday, a 4.5 magnitude quake struck six miles southeast of San Juan Bautista, eight miles southwest of Hollister and occurred at a depth of 5.2 miles.

No damage was reported in Wednesday’s flurry of temblors that now puts the total number of earthquakes to hit the region to nine.

The swarm of quakes began Friday when a 4.1-magnitude temblor rumbled near San Jose at 4:10 p.m, the epicenter about 11 miles north of Morgan Hill. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a second 2.1-magnitude quake with the same general epicenter at 4:21 p.m., and a third 1.1-magnitude temblor at 4:29 p.m.

The 4.1-quake was felt 13 miles away at San Jose City Hall. The depth was recorded by the USGS at 4.4 miles.

Then, a 1.1 earthquake rattled the area about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday, two 3.0 earthquakes struck six miles east of Morgan Hill at 10:13 and again 10:30 a.m. No damages or injuries were reported.

Jim Berkland, an 80-year-old retired “maverick” geologist whose public prediction of the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake (also known as the World Series quake) earned him a two-month suspension from his job as Santa Clara County geologist, predicts more to come with high chances of shakes March 20.

“This is an extremely strong period here; it’s going to culminate in March,” he told South Valley Newspapers on Wednesday from his Glen Ellen home.

Berkland told the Dispatch Oct. 13, 1989 he expected an 85 percent chance for a 6.5 to 7-magnitude earthquake to occur in the coming week. Four days later, a major earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay area.

For more on the recent activity, go here.

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