5.1 quake rattles Northern California, no damage reported

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A magnitude 5.1 earthquake rattled rural Northern California Tuesday with no reports of damage or injuries. The U.S Geological Survey reported the quake struck at 7:57 p.m. and its epicenter in rural Lake County, about 115 miles east of Sacramento. Two small aftershocks of 2.7 and 3.0 could be felt about 30 minutes after the initial quake.

The Lake County Sheriff dispatch reported no damage or injuries and said firefighters were battling a small wildfire nearby. Residents and business owners in the region reported swaying light fixtures and scared pets, but no damage or injuries.

“We felt it,” said Chris Goad, a bartender at the Old World Tavern in Lakeport near the epicenter. “The pictures swayed on the wall, but it wasn’t super-duper strong.” Under certain conditions, a temblor of that size is capable of causing considerable damage.

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