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November 30, 2022

Pair of quakes roll through Central Coast, Bay Area

HOLLISTER — A 4.8 magnitude earthquake shook the Central Coast this afternoon, just two days shy of the 30th anniversary of the infamous Loma Prieta earthquake of Oct. 17, 1989. 

The quake hit at 12:43 p.m. near Tres Pinos and Hollister. Residents from Salinas to King City felt the shaking, according to the King City Rustler. The epicenter was about 10 miles southeast of Tres Pinos, said William Seelig of the U.S. Geological Survey. The San Andreas Fault runs through that area.

At 12:55 p.m. a 2.8 aftershock rolled through the same region. No damages or injuries were reported.

The 4.8 quake was felt throughout the Bay Area. According to the USGS’s “did you feel it?” map, it was felt as far north as Napa and as far south as Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County.

On Monday night at 10:32 p.m. a magnitude 4.5 earthquake, centered near Pleasant Hill, rocked the Bay Area, Seelig said. It was the largest temblor to strike the region in five years.

“I was in bed last night when it hit,” said photographer Elyse Destout of Corralitos. “It was a very strong jolt. I was on the second floor and we definitely felt it. I was just thinking about the big October quake of 30 years ago.”

That quake was felt around the state with people weighing in with reports as far away as Sacramento and Fresno.

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.

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