5.1-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northern California Coast - NBC Bay Area

5.1-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northern California Coast

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    5.1-magnitude earthquake strikes Northern California coast near Fortuna. Jan. 1, 2015

    An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 struck the coast of Northern California early on New Year's Day, about 70 miles from the nearest city of Ferndale.

    An officer with the Ferndale City Police Department told The Associated Press slight shaking was felt in the area, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

    The epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean. The quake struck at 4:16 a.m.

    According to the U.S. Geological Service, the cities closest to the quake include Eureka, Arcata and Sacramento - the latter city is about 250 miles from the epicenter.

    The earthquake was about 250 miles northwest of the epicenter of a magnitude-6.0 temblor that caused extensive damage in Napa and the surrounding area on Aug. 24