5.6 Earthquake Shakes Humboldt County

TRINIDAD, Humboldt County (CBS SF) — The U.S. Geological Survey has revised the magnitude of an earthquake that struck the Northern California coast to 5.6.

The USGS said the quake struck at 1:07 p.m. about 18 miles east of Trinidad in an unincorporated part of Humboldt County. It was originally reported with a magnitude 5.5.

The epicenter is a rural area near the small community of Weitchpec, about 220 miles northwest of Sacramento.

A dispatcher at the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department said the temblor was widely felt and the shaking lasted 30 to 45 seconds.

Hundreds of people reported feeling the quake on the USGS website. Some are as far away as southern Oregon.

The sheriff’s dispatcher said there were no immediate reports of injury or damage, but deputies are going out to check on residents.

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