A magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit Northern California 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.

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.

Aftershocks shake Northern California after 5.7 earthquake


by Robert J. Lopez, May 23, 2013


 Earthquake hits Northern California

 Map shows the location of a 5.7-magnitude earthquake north of Sacramento. (U.S. Geological Survey / May 23, 2013)

More than a dozen aftershocks were reported Thursday night following a 5.7 earthquake about 150 miles northeast of Sacramento, officials said.

The initial quake hit about 8:47 p.m.; its epicenter was about 27 miles southwest of Susanville and seven miles west northwest of Greenville, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

People on Twitter told The Times they felt that quake in Sacramento and Lodi, as well as South Reno and on the northwest shore of Lake Tahoe.

Police officials in Susanville and Sacramento said that the quake set off a number of home and car alarms and rattled windows but that there were no immediate reports of damage.

"We got a bunch of alarm calls and a bunch of barking dogs," dispatcher Taylor Richards of the Sacramento Police Department told The Times. "It was a good solid feel here."

Within minutes of the quake, more than 7,000 people reported feeling it on the USGS website. 

A man in Chico told The Times he felt a slow roll that lasted about 30 seconds.

The aftershocks' magnitude ranged up to 3.5, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

"House shook pretty hard," one man near Truckee told The Times.