A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has rattled much of the central California region, the US Geological Survey confirmed on Thursday.
Detected just before 4 p.m. local time, the powerful shake was registered by officials at a depth of 9.8 kilometers near the California-Nevada border, just 11 miles from the Golden State's Antelope Peak.
Initial readings placed the shake at a magnitude 6.2 before officials revised their data.
VIDEO 🚨 Earthquake shakes I395 near Coleville, California— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) July 9, 2021
Video shared on social media also captured household items, such as lamps and chandeliers swaying, after the quake hit the area.
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Additional readings in the area note that at least five tremors followed the strong earthquake, some of which measured between magnitude 2.7 and 4.2.
One testimony listed on the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre's database described the earthquake as having been "strong" and "long lasting," though it added that the quake did not inflict significant damage.
Hopefully it seems that M5.9 earthquake in California did not cause significant damage. Always amazing to see how fast people react to shaking and open LastQuakle app to find info. Stay safe pic.twitter.com/4C5DoPeUXA— EMSC (@LastQuake) July 8, 2021
The California area is often affected by earthquakes as the state is subjected to the rumblings of the San Andreas Fault, a 1,200-kilometer-long fracture between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates.