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5.1 Northern California earthquake: Biggest quake of 2015 (so far)

5.1 Northern California earthquake: Biggest quake of 2015 (so far)
A USGS map shows the 5.1 New Year's Day earthquake off Northern California. (USGS)

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake was reported off Northern California early Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake occurred about 4:16 a.m.

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The epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean about 70 miles west of Ferndale.

People as far away as Fort Bragg -- about 120 miles south of Ferndale -- reported feeling it, according to the USGS.

As 2015 is young, the temblor has the distinction of being the largest earthquake reported in the U.S. so far this year, according to the USGS.

Ferndale police told the Associated Press that there was some slight shaking in the area early Thursday, but no damage or injuries were reported.

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