Moderate Earthquake Hits California- Tan Shang Jien

An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 5.6 struck eastern-central California today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The earthquake’s epicenter was 32 miles (51 km) south of Lone Pine, Calif., and 42 miles (67 km) north-northwest of Ridgecrest, Calif. It originated 0.1 miles (0.1 km) deep and struck at 5:39 a.m. Monday morning local time (13:39 UTC), followed by at least four small aftershocks, the USGS reports.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department and Eureka Police Department sent deputies and officers out to check on residents, but dispatchers said there was no immediate emergency reports.

“It was just a mild shaking. It wasn’t a sharp jerk,” said Sgt. Gene McManus of the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Department, a neighboring agency that also saw no immediate emergencies.

 This earthquake follows a much smaller magnitude 4.3 earthquake that struck Sunday night about 3 miles from Cobb, Calif. Hundreds of people reported feeling the earthquake as far away as San Francisco, about 90 miles north. There were no reports about damages or injuries.




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