Small earthquake jolts Grizzly Bay near Benicia

(Graphic by Solano NewsNet)

If you didn’t feel it, you’re probably not alone.

A small earthquake rattled near the city of Benicia on Thursday, according to data released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The earthquake struck around 3:15 p.m. over Grizzly Bay, about two miles east of Goodyear Road.

The USGS said the earthquake had a strength of 2.1-magnitude and a depth of about 3 miles — strong and shallow enough to be recorded by seismographs and other geological instruments, but generally not to the average person.

Earthquakes in Solano County are rare, but they have been known to happen.

In 2016, a magnitude-2.7 earthquake shook near Benicia and was widely felt in nearby Crockett, Concord and Vallejo.

Two years earlier, a magnitude-6.0 earthquake centered close to American Canyon caused shaking throughout Solano County and resulted in significant damage in neighboring Napa County.


Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the earthquake struck around 1:15 p.m., which was based on an erroneous time conversion. The earthquake was recorded around 3:15 p.m.


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