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Earthquake: 3.1 quake strikes near Salinas

January 16, 2012 |  2:03 pm

A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Monday afternoon about 15 miles east of Salinas, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 1:44 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 1.9 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 10 miles from Tres Pinos, 11 miles from Pinnacles, 14 miles from Gonzales, 15 miles from Hollister and 58 miles from San Jose.

In the last 10 days, there has been one earthquake magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.

Read more about California earthquakes on L.A. Now.

— Ken Schwencke

Image: Location of the epicenter. Credit: Google Maps