A small earthquake on Sunday morning was centered north of Highway 46 East, west of Templeton, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The agency said the 8:26 a.m. quake’s magnitude was 3.0 and was centered 2.3 miles below ground, about 5 miles west of Templeton and 8 miles southwest of Paso Robles.
Based on a few dozen unverified citizen reports to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was felt only mildly and mostly north of Paso Robles and in parts of Atascadero.
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— Antonio A. Prado
Piedras Blancas Light Station enthusiasts are to gather from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday for a holiday event kicking off a membership drive for the station’s nonprofit support association.
The Piedras Blancas Light Station Association will host the event in the Cambria Pines Lodge Peacock Room, offering free appetizers and nonalcoholic beverages. A no-host bar will be available. Live music will be provided by Jill Poulos and Brynn Albanese.
A raffle will include one-of-a-kind historical items as prizes; a special drawing for new members will give away a free two-night stay at the circa 1905 vacation-rental cottage, now in Cambria, that had been the former home of the head keeper at the light station.
For reservations, call 924-1807. The lodge is at 2905 Burton Drive.
Organizers say the event will highlight all the recent restoration work done at the light station, home to the 1875 tower, ornate fog-signal building, the former oil house, a recreated watch room and other buildings.
The federal Bureau of Land Management manages the site.
According to its website at www.piedrasblancas .org, the nonprofit support association was formed in 2004 for “the restoration, conservation, interpretation and stewardship of the light station,” one of three officially designated U.S. outstanding natural areas.
— Kathe Tanner