Earthquake: 5.1 quake near Lewiston reported erroneously

Earthquake: 3.9 quake strikes near Lewiston, Calif.
A map showing the location of the epicenter of Friday morning’s quake near Lewiston, Calif..
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A shallow magnitude 5.1 earthquake was reported Friday morning seven miles from Lewiston, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:05 a.m. PDT at a depth of 3.1 miles.



10:57 a.m.: This post is incorrect, with the USGS reporting that sensors in California misidentified seismic activity from a magnitude 6.7 quake that struck off the coast of Alaska five minutes earlier. "There was a ghost in the machine,” said Don Drysdale, spokesman for the California Geological Survey. “It’s possible that one of the sensors here pulled in one of the early waves from that and projected it as a local earthquake.”



According to the USGS, the epicenter was 22 miles from Shasta Lake, 25 miles from Redding and 51 miles from Red Bluff.

In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm.


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