2 Minor Quakes Shake California Coastal Area

May 18, 2017

A pair of small earthquakes gave a jolt and a shake to the Santa Barbara, Calif. area, but there were no reports of any damages or injuries, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed.

The USGS says in a preliminary report that a magnitude 4.1 quake struck at 9:42 p.m. about 8 miles on Tuesday west of the University of California, Santa Barbara. About a minute later a magnitude 3.1 quake shook in about the same spot. Several other tiny quakes came after.

The shaking was reported widely on social media and felt as far away as Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo.

Sheriff’s and fire departments in Santa Barbara County reported no problems resulting from the quakes.

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