We've had a whole lotta shakin; goin' on in these parts in the last couple days. The infamous San Andreas Fault has become active here in Monterey County, to the chagrin of the chambers of commerce, an delight of flatlanders who've never been quaked before. According to the news, A 4.6-magnitude earthquake rattled Monterey County on Monday and was felt more than 90 miles away in San Francisco. The quake hit at 11:31 a.m. about 13 miles northeast of Gonzales, near Salinas, and was followed by nine smaller aftershocks, with the largest measuring magnitude 2.8, said Annemarie Baltay, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park.
There were no reports of injuries or damage.
Baltay said the quake occurred on the San Andreas Fault, close to an area where the Calaveras Fault branches off. The quake happened at a depth of about 4 miles. She said there was no indication that the tremor was a harbinger of a bigger earthquake.
Living at 700 feet plus above sea level and less than a mile from the ocean gives me a small amount of comfort that when and if the big one hits I might be living at the shore or in a worst case scenario, under the seas! Come visit Monterey--if it is still here.