Posted on October 21, 2012
Associated Press – 4 hrs ago
SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A moderate
earthquake and minor aftershocks jolted the central California coast
over the weekend but didn’t cause any damage, authorities said.
Nearly 6,700 people reported
feeling the magnitude 5.3-quake when it struck late Saturday outside
ofKing City, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its website.
USGS geophysicist Don
Blakeman said the temblor struck in a “seismically active area” near
the San Andreas Fault, about 90 miles southeast of San Jose. It was
followed by at least four aftershocks that were greater than magnitude
The area where the quake hit is a mostly rural area of rolling hills with large farms and ranches.
A magnitude 5-quake is capable of
causing damage — most often knocking things off shelves and making
moderate cracks in walls and foundations, the USGS said. The sheriff
departments for Monterey and nearby San Luis Obispo counties said they
received calls about the earthquake but no reports of damage.
Far to the north, a minor
earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.5 rattled an area 15 miles
east of Eureka, USGS said. Eureka police said no damage or injuries were
The quake near Eureka was not related to the ones near King City, Blakeman said.
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