Earthquake Recap: Five Little Quakes Bounce Through Santa Clara County

A handful of teeny earthquakes shake Los Altos and points around the county from July 9 through 12, all part of living in earthquake country.

Santa Clara County saw a number of earthquakes over the last week, though none sent the Richter scale spiking much at all.

The biggest quake to strike the county took place July 10, three miles south of Los Altos, according to the U.S. Geological Survey website. This one rang in at a 1.5 and struck at 3:44 p.m. Two days later, a 1.4 trembler struck at 2:02 p.m., again three miles south of the city.

It was followed by a 1.2 quake Wednesday nine miles north of Morgan Hill. That little temblor came in at a 1.2, hitting at 2:29 p.m., with a depth of 1.2 miles below the earth's surface.

On Thursday morning, a 1.1 hit at 3:34 a.m. seven miles southwest of Los Altos Hills.

Milpitas saw a small shaker pass through Monday. This one registered a 1.2 on the Richter scale, hitting at 4:42 p.m. Residents living five miles northeast of the city proper would have felt this one hit.

Hollister, Gilroy's neighbor to the south, had a trifecta of quakes struck near its borders over the week. The first was a 1.3 on July 10, at 7:51 a.m.

It wasn't until two days later that another quake, this time a 1.0 two miles in a northwesterly direction, would strike near the city. This one clocked in at 9:41 a.m.

To round out the week, another 1.0 hit at 6:21 p.m. the evening of Saturday, July 14. 

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