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Series of earthquakes hits California's Central Coast region

January 13, 2011 |  6:36 am

Earthquake map centered at 37°N,121°W

A section of California's Central Coast has recorded a swarm of earthquakes in the last day or so, including five that measured more than 3.2 magnitude.

The strongest in the series occurred south of San Jose on Wednesday morning and measured 4.5. It was followed by dozens of other quakes, though it's unclear if they were aftershocks. Last night, the area recorded a 3.7 followed by a 3.9 quake.

The quakes have been centered in the San Benito County town of San Juan Bautista, about 40 miles south of San Jose. 

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the strongest in the series of quakes was felt as far away as San Francisco as well as surrounding cities such as Salinas, San Jose, Gilroy and Monterey.

There have been no reports of damage or injuries.


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Map credit: USGS