Magnitude 4.8 quake shakes part of central California

California Connection

HOLLISTER, Calif. (AP) — A magnitude-4.8 earthquake has struck a wilderness area of central California.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor occurred at 12:42 p.m. Tuesday and was centered about 16 miles (25 kilometers) southeast of Hollister. The quake occurred at a depth of 6 miles (9.6 kilometers).

The epicenter area is in a rugged mountain range, with agricultural areas to the west.

Late Monday, the San Francisco Bay Area was rattled by a magnitude 4.5 earthquake.

That quake was center near Pleasant Hill, northeast of Oakland but was felt widely.

More than 67,000 people posted to the U.S. Geological Survey’s citizen reporting web page.

Veteran seismologist Lucy Jones says the two quakes are too far apart to be related.

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