Earthquake hits Northern California

Earthquake hits Northern California

Early reports suggest a magnitude 5.7 earthquake which hit northern California last night caused no serious damage.

Shocks were felt in Sacramento, 145 miles south of the epicentre, and as far away as the San Francisco Bay area.

The quake struck at 8:47pm local time and was centered near Greenville, about 25 miles southwest of Susanville in far northeastern California.

Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist with the US Geological Survey's National Earthquake Centre, said there were no reports of serious damage in the early field reports, according to the Associated Press.

There have been eight aftershocks ranging from 2.6-to-3.5-magnitude.

"People in the area felt a strong jolt, but it was not enough to generate serious damage, based on early field reports," Abreu said.




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