Earthquake California Today: Magnitude 5.2 Earthquake


Earthquake California Today: Magnitude 5.2 Earthquake

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck Northern California on Friday morning, just hours after a 5.5 magnitude earthquake rattled the same area on Thursday afternoon, according to officials.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the initial earthquake occurred at 4:19 p.m. PT on Thursday, with the epicenter located approximately 2.5 miles southwest of East Shore. While the San Francisco Bay Area experienced a brief jolt, no immediate reports of damage were received.

On Friday morning, the notification system was activated again as an apparent aftershock with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 was recorded at Lake Almanor, situated about 2.5 miles southwest of East Shore.

Initially, preliminary readings indicated a magnitude of 5.7 for the Thursday earthquake; however, the USGS revised its reading to 5.5. Subsequently, several aftershocks ranging from magnitudes 2.5 to 3.8 were detected, according to the USGS.

The California Highway Patrol in Yuba-Sutter reported that the earthquake caused a disruption at their Chico dispatch center, resulting in the temporary unavailability of the 911 lines. As a temporary solution, they advised people in the region to call 530-332-1200 while they worked to resolve the issue.

East Shore, a census-designated place with a population of over 150, is located approximately 162 miles northeast of Sacramento.

Northern California Residents Startled by Earthquake

Thursday’s earthquake sent shockwaves through various parts of Northern California, with residents taking to social media to share their experiences and reactions.

Reports of people feeling the earthquake came in from multiple counties, including Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, San Joaquin, Solano, Colusa, Nevada, Yolo, and Butte counties. The seismic event caught many off guard and sparked conversations across the region.

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