A magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit a small Sierra Nevada town Thursday night that was widely felt across the region, but there were no reports of serious damage.
The temblor struck at 8:47 p.m. and was centered near Greenville, about 25 miles southwest of Susanville in far northeastern California, said Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Center in Golden, Colo.
Abreu said there were no reports of serious damage in the early field reports.
But Allen Shephard, who runs the Quail Lodge at Lake Almanor near Greenville just a few miles from the epicenter, said the lodge suffered damage.
"Dishes plum out of the counter, computers thrown everywhere," Shepherd told the Redding Record-Searchlight.
The Susanville Fire Department said it had received no reports of damage, and a Plumas County Sheriff's Office dispatcher said calls were flooding into its office but no reports of damage.
KCRA-TV in Sacramento reported that the Plumas County temblor was felt in downtown Sacramento, about 145 miles south of the epicenter.
People in Yuba and Sutter Counties, south of Plumas, said they felt a rolling quake, according to the Marysville Appeal-Democrat.
Others reported feeling the quake as far away as the San Francisco Bay area, according to the USGS's website.
Several people, mostly near the Sacramento area, though some in the Bay Area, commented on KTVU's Facebook page that they also felt the large temblor.
Linda Kardonis, who lives in Grass Valley, said she felt it. "My chair was moving, I thought my husband was moving it, but he was on patio smoking and I was on phone with my brother in Weed, Calif.," she said. "My brother was feeling it a couple seconds later."
Jenifer Michelle Talavera, a Tracy resident, also commented on KTVU's Facebook page that she felt the quake.
Andre Brewer said he felt the quake in Antioch. "We thought we felt something, but now we know we did since it's on the news," he wrote.
There have been eight aftershocks ranging from 2.6-to-3.5-magnitude.
"People in the area felt a strong jolt, but it was not enough to generate serious damage, based on early field reports," Abreu said.
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