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Northern California Earthquake Hits With 4.7 Magnitude

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By    |   Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017 08:35 AM

Northern California was struck by a 4.7 magnitude earthquake on Monday that was felt up to 100 miles away.

The quake struck Monterey County, located south of San Francisco and San Jose, at around 11:31am and was followed by aftershocks an hour later measuring 2.8 and 2.7, The Epoch Times reported.

CBS San Francisco reported the earthquake hit about 22 miles east of Salinas and 14 miles northeast of the town of Gonzales. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, it was reported to have been felt 100 miles away.

"I felt it in downtown San Francisco," said one person on Twitter. "It was very small. Bed started moving and lamp shades swinging. Lasted about 5 seconds."

Meanwhile residents in Crompton reported feeling the powerful earthquake.

There were no immediate confirmed reports of injury and damages, CBS noted. The National Weather Service said a tsunami was not expected as a result of the earthquake.

The epicentre of the earthquake is located on the San Andreas Fault which, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, forms the main strand of the plate boundary which runs from the Gulf of California north to the region of Cape Mendocino.

The most recent major earthquake associated with the fault took place on Oct.17, 1989, in Loma Prieta and resulted in 64 deaths and saw about 16,000 homes and apartment units destroyed.

One of the most devastating earthquakes to take place on the San Andreas Fault was a magnitude 7.9 on April 18, 1906, in San Francisco, which killed more than 3,000 Bay Area residents.

The fire that followed the quake burned through at least five square miles of San Francisco and left about 225,000 people homeless.

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