Friday, May 24, 2013

5.7-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northern California

An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 5.7 struck Northern California yesterday (May 23), according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The temblor's epicenter was 7 miles (11 kilometers) west-northwest of Greenville, Calif., 27 miles (43 km) southwest of Susanville, Calif., and 113 miles (182 km) north-northeast of Sacramento, Calif.

It originated 6.8 miles (11 km) deep and struck at 8:47 p.m. local time, the USGS reports.

There was strong shaking around Susanville, according to the USGS. Early damage reports posted on Twitter included broken bottles and glasses and pictures knocked off walls. The earthquake was felt throughout Northern California in Sacramento, Lake Tahoe and San Francisco and was also felt in Reno, Nev., the USGS reports.

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