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5.3 Magnitude Quake Rattles Central California Coast

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California Earthquake

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SALINAS (CBS/AP) — A moderate earthquake was widely felt as it rattled a central California coastal area, but authorities say it didn’t cause any damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says nearly 6,700 people reported on its website feeling the magnitude 5.3 quake after it struck shortly before midnight Saturday near King City, about 90 miles southeast of San Jose.

USGS geophysicist Don Blakeman said the temblor struck in a “seismically active area” near the San Andreas Fault. The quake was followed by at least four aftershocks that were greater than magnitude 2.5.

The sheriff departments for Monterey and nearby San Luis Obispo counties say they received calls but there were no reports of damage.

The area where the quake hit is a mostly rural area of rolling hills with large farms and ranches.

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