USGS: 5.7 Earthquake Shakes North of Chico

No major injuries reported

Friday, May 24, 2013  |  Updated 4:10 PM PDT
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A 5.7 earthquake centered approximately 50 miles northwest of Chico hit just before 9 p.m. There have been nearly two dozen aftershocks as strong as 3.6. George Kiriyama and Jeff Ranieri report.

A 5.7 earthquake centered approximately 50 miles northwest of Chico hit just before 9 p.m. There have been nearly two dozen aftershocks as strong as 3.6. George Kiriyama and Jeff Ranieri report.

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GREENVILLE -- A magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit Northern California Thursday night that was widely felt across the region, but there were no reports of serious damage.

The temblor struck at 8:47 p.m. and was centered near Greenville, about 26 miles southwest of Susanville in far northeastern California, said Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Center in Golden, Colo.
 
Abreu said there were no reports of serious damage in the early field reports.
 
But Allen Shephard, who runs the Quail Lodge at Lake Almanor near Greenville just a few miles from the epicenter, said the lodge suffered damage.
 
"Dishes plum out of the counter, computers thrown everywhere,'' Shepherd told the Redding Record-Searchlight.
 
The Susanville Fire Department said it had received no reports of damage, and a Plumas County Sheriff's Office dispatcher said calls were flooding into its office but no reports of damage.
 
KCRA-TV in Sacramento reported that the Plumas County temblor was felt in downtown Sacramento, about 113 miles south of the epicenter.
 
People in Yuba and Sutter Counties, south of Plumas, said they felt a rolling quake, according to the Marysville Appeal-Democrat.
 
Others reported feeling the quake as far away as the San Francisco Bay area, according to the USGS's website.
 
There have been eight aftershocks ranging from 2.6-to-3.6-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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