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Moderate quake shakes central California coast

Posted: October 21, 2012 1:41 p.m.
Updated: October 21, 2012 1:41 p.m.
 

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A moderate earthquake was widely felt as it rattled the central California coast, but authorities said it didn't cause any damage.

Nearly 6,700 people reported on its website that they felt the magnitude 5.3 quake when it struck late Saturday outside of King City, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

USGS geophysicist Don Blakeman said the temblor struck in a "seismically active area" near the San Andreas Fault, about 90 miles southeast of San Jose. It 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 said they received calls about the earthquake but didn't receive any reports of damage.

A magnitude 5 quake is capable of causing damage — most often knocking things off shelves and making moderate cracks in walls and foundations, the USGS said.

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

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