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The Latest: Swarm of quakes rattle Northern California

November 2, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on swarm of quakes that rattled Northern California (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

A swarm of more than 20 aftershocks along the San Andreas Fault system rattled an area east of Monterey Bay. There are no reports of damages or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the aftershocks followed a magnitude 4.1 earthquake that struck 12 miles from Hollister, south of San Jose, at 5:58 a.m. Friday.

Brian Kilgore, a geophysicist with the USGS office in Menlo Park, tells the San Francisco Chronicle the quakes happed along a section of the San Andreas Fault that is known as the creeping section. He says there’s always a low level of seismic activity in that area.

The aftershocks ranged in magnitude from 3.6 to 2.6.

People from the Pacific coast in Monterey County to the north in San Jose reported feeling them.

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6:50 a.m.

Four small earthquakes a few minutes apart shook farmland and wilderness in northern San Benito County, east of Monterey Bay. There are no reports of damages or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey website had hundreds of reports of people feeling a magnitude-4.1 quake that struck first at 5:58 a.m. Friday and was centered 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) south of the town of Tres Pinos, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) south of San Jose.

It says a magnitude-3.2 temblor hit three minutes later in the same area. A third quake with a magnitude of 3.0 was reported soon after.

The survey says a fourth earthquake was reported at 6:22 a.m. 8 miles (15 kilometers) south of Tres Pinos.

People from the Pacific coast in Monterey County to the north in San Jose reported feeling them.

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