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Earthquake with 5.5 magnitude shakes Northern California



QUINCY, California (CNN) -- A moderate earthquake rattled a remote area of northern California on Friday, being felt as far away as Sacramento and Reno, Nevada, but causing no major damage or injuries.

The 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck about 1:19 p.m. PT (4:19 p.m. ET) between Portola and Quincy.

"In Portola, about 30 miles east of here, there were reports that the shaking lasted about four seconds and knocked stuff off the walls," said a Plumas County Sheriff's Department dispatcher.

In Quincy, about 95 miles northeast of Sacramento, the dispatcher said people felt "just a little shaking" during the quake.

U.S. Geological Survey spokeswoman Pat Jorgenson said it's not surprising the tremors were felt as far away as Sacramento and Reno.

"The granite in that area is a great conductor for spreading the shock waves great distances," she said.






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• USGS National Earthquake Information Center
• The Global Earthquake Response Center

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