What’s with all the earthquakes? California’s latest rattles from beneath ocean; Swarm rattles West Texas…

Maybe 2020 is going out with a bang.

The Bay Area was shook by a magnitude 3.6 earthquake early Thursday, the third quake of at least a 3 magnitude in four days in Northern California.

A leading California seismologist said the quakes are not particularly alarming.

“This is just normal activity,” said Lind Gee, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. “That’s good to hear, right?”

The Bay Area quake, recorded 9 miles below the ocean off the shore of Muir Beach north of San Francisco, followed two earlier quakes this week.

Late Wednesday, a 3.6-magnitude quake was recorded west of Cobb in Lake County. And early Sunday, a 3.8 quake was felt east of Willows, in Glenn County. The Willows earthquake was the most powerful on the floor of the Sacramento Valley since 1968.

By mid-morning Thursday, more than 5,200 Northern Californians had reported feeling Thursday’s quake to the Geological Survey, including some from the Sacramento area.

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Source: Sacramento Bee