MENLO PARK (CBS SF) — A moderately strong earthquake struck off the Northern California coast Friday evening, the USGS reports.

The quake occurred around 8:30 p.m. and registered magnitude 5.6 with an epicenter about 73 miles west of Ferndale in Humboldt County.

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No reports of damage or tsunami alerts have been received.

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