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A 3.5-magnitude earthquake struck California, USA.

Image Credit: Zenrin Earthstar Geographics

An hour ago, a 3.5-magnitude earthquake struck 5.3 miles east of Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California at a very shallow depth of 4.7 miles.

The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the earthquake might be revised in the next few hours as seismologists review their data. Based on preliminary data the earthquake should not have caused any significant damage.

The earthquake should not have caused any significant damage and cities in the vicinity most likely felt a slight shaking. The cities of Aromas (pop. 2,700) located 3 miles from the epicenter, Watsonville (pop. 53,600) 5 miles away, and Gilroy (pop. 53,200) located 8 miles away must have felt a weak shaking. Other cities further away from the epicenter of the earthquake that could have felt the quake include Morgan Hill (pop. 42,900) located 14 miles from the epicenter, Hollister (pop. 37,500) 15 miles away, Salinas (pop. 157,400) 17 miles away, Santa Cruz (pop. 64,200) 21 miles away, and San Jose (pop. 1,026,900) 31 miles away.

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