earthquake.jpgThe AP is reporting, and the U.S. Geological Survey confirms, that an earthquake with a preliminary 3.9 magnitude struck Northern California at around 2:40 Sunday afternoon.

The quake was centered several miles off the coast, near the coastal community of Petrolia (16 miles away) and, probably more familiarly, the city of Eureka (39 miles from the temblor).

According to the AP, “a dispatcher with the Eureka Police Department said she didn’t feel that quake, and that no calls had come into the dispatch center requesting service.”

According to the USGS and CHP, no injuries or damage have been reported at publication time (about 5 PM). Those of you who did feel it are, as always, encouraged to report it to the USGS using their handy “Did you feel it” map.

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