Magnitude-4.2 quake shakes central California; no damage

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Posted: Mar 27, 2015 10:51 AM

COALINGA, Calif. (AP) — A small earthquake jolted an area of central California, but there were no reports of damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the temblor occurred at 6:30 a.m. Friday and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.2. It was centered 6 miles north of Coalinga and occurred at a depth of 7 miles.

Christine Mercer, a dispatcher with the Coalinga Police Department, says the quake wasn't too strong and lasted four or five seconds.

She said: "You could kind of hear the rumble and then there was a jerk and that was it."

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Mercer says police received numerous calls, but none reported any damage or injuries.

The USGS website shows a number of smaller quakes in the same area overnight. The largest was magnitude-3.5 at 12:32 a.m.