Magnitude 4.8 Quake Strikes Near Big Pine, California, East of Fresno - NBC Bay Area

Magnitude 4.8 Quake Strikes Near Big Pine, California, East of Fresno

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    Magnitude 4.8 Quake Strikes Near Big Pine, California, East of Fresno
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    A magnitude-4.8 earthquake struck Big Pine Tuesday afternoon, according to the USGS. (Feb. 16, 2016)

    A magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck Big Pine, California Tuesday afternoon, according to the United States Geological Survey.

    The nearest city is Bishop, California, located south east of Yosemite.

    Police and fire departments in Bishop said they felt the quake, describing it as a "big boom and some rattling." So far, there have been no reports of significant damage or calls for service, Bishop police said.

    California Highway Patrol Officer Brad Gardea said they received multiple reports of items falling off shelves. The quake was centered in what was described as mostly farm land, a desolate area with cattle ranches and canals, Gardea said.

    There have been no reports of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system being affected.

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