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No damage reported after 5.3 quake

5:21 PM, Oct 21, 2012   |    comments
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SALINAS, California - A moderate earthquake that rattled the central California coast was widely felt but apparently caused no damage.

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

USGS says a magnitude 5 quake is capable of causing damage - most often knocking things off shelves and making moderate cracks in walls and foundations.

USGS geophysicist Don Blakeman says 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 greater than magnitude 2.5.

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

The Associated Press

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