Monterey California Hit With 4.0 Earthquake Early Sunday

A mild 4.0 earthquake lightly shook Monterey California this Sunday morning. It was preceded by a small 2.5 quake 12km SSE of Ridgemark, California. Both quakes occurred on 2012-12-23.

The Ridgemark seismic event happened at 10:02:45 UTC, while the Monterey quake occurred at 10:02:45 UTC

The 4.0 Monterey trembler centered 95 miles SE of Monterey, California.

On October 22, of 1926 two large earthquakes caused considerable damage in the Monterey Bay region. The first shock was severe at Santa Cruz, where many chimneys were knocked down, and old brick buildings sustained damage. A few chimneys also were knocked down at Carmel and Monterey. A lamp was thrown from its base, and a lens was broken at the lighthouse on Ano Nuevo Island, northwest of Santa Cruz. Light effects were reported as far away as San Francisco (120 km from the epicenter), where the tile surfaces of a few buildings were damaged, windows were broken, and plaster was cracked extensively. The quakes measured 6.1 each.

The second shock, an hour later was almost as widely felt as the first, and appears to have been stronger than the first earthquake at towns north of Monterey Bay. The shaking again was heavy on Ano Nuevo Island. The shocks were felt over about the same area-north to Middletown (Lake County), south along the coast to Lompoc (Santa Barbara County), and east to Turlock (Stanislaus County). Many small aftershocks occurred.

The Guardian Express will bring you updates to these two event as soon as they are available.

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