California’s Central Coast was hit by several minor earthquakes with magnitudes up to 3.7 during the early hours of Sunday, said officials.
Residents reported feeling four earthquakes about 12 miles south-southeast of Lopez Point. The incidents occurred between midnight to 6:00 a.m., the U.S. Geological Survey said. The tremors shook through the offshore San Simeon fault. The area is part of the much larger San Andres fault system, USGS Seismologist Annemarie Baltay said.
Not many people felt the earthquakes due to being focused offshore, said Baltay. There were ten people on Sunday afternoon who reported feeling the earthquake. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported due to the incidents.
“This is a really good reminder that we live in earthquake country, and earthquakes are always occurring around here,” said Baltay.
No reports of the earthquakes affecting emergency repairs on Highway 1 have been received, Caltrans spokesman Jim Shivers said. The repairs are expected to be finished early this summer.
In the last two decades, Baltay said the San Simeon fault had had several small earthquakes, with the largest being a magnitude 4.1. “They really confirm that all of the information put into the models is correct,” she said, noting that seismologists have so far been correct with their assessments of the San Simeon fault, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The earthquakes come as the Bay Area experienced several tremors in recent weeks. Experts reassured residents that the incidents were not to be worried about. However, they urged everyone to remain vigilant and be prepared for larger earthquakes.