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Northern California struck by 5.5 magnitude earthquake and significant aftershock; minimal harm recorded.


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Earthquakes rocked a large area of ​​Northern California this week, but only minor damage was immediately reported.

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake centered in the Lake Almanor resort area in the Sierra Nevada occurred at 4:19 p.m. Thursday and a 5.2-magnitude aftershock occurred at 3:18 a.m. Friday, according to the US Geological Survey.

ABC10 Reports said local businesses are cleaning up minor damage in the area about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

“A lot of broken glass, a lot of broken dishes, a lot of broken liquor from upstairs,” Stephanie Hughes, manager of a local restaurant, told the station after the earthquake on Thursday afternoon.

“Everything was shaking,” Hughes said. “The agents were fleeing into the garden.”

People reported feeling the quake all the way to Sacramento, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) south.

The magnitude 5.5 quake was the largest in California since the magnitude 7.1 Ridgecrest sequence in 2019, according to former USGS seismologist Lucy Jones, who now runs a center focused on making communities more resilient to disasters.

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