Earthquake: 5.6 quake rattles Northern California


A magnitude 5.6 earthquake was reported Saturday evening at 8:53 p.m. on California’s North Coast.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was felt in the Eureka area and other parts of the region including Fortuna.

There were no reports of damage or injuries.

No tsunami was expected, officials said.

The quake was centered 17 miles from Scotia, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was 23 miles from Fortuna, 36 miles from Eureka and 40 miles from Bayside.


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In the past 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

An average of five earthquakes with magnitudes between 5.0 and 6.0 occur per year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three-year data sample.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 5.6 miles. If you felt this earthquake, consider reporting it to the USGS.

Find out what to do before and during an earthquake near you by reading our five-step guide to coping with natural disasters.


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