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5.6 earthquake felt across California's north coast

February 13, 2012 |  2:45 pm

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake was felt across a wide swath of California's north coast but there were no reports of damage.

The temblor was reported Monday afternoon six miles from Weitchpec, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It occurred at 1:07 p.m.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 17 miles from Westhaven-Moonstone, 18 miles from Trinidad, 31 miles from Eureka and 218 miles from Sacramento.

Hundreds of people in Eureka, Arcata, Crescent City and other towns in the region reported to the USGS that they'd felt the quake.

In the last 10 days, there has been one earthquake magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

"We rocked for 10 seconds," said Elizabeth Adams, 52, of Trinidad. "It was not that bad. It wasn't much of anything."

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Department in Eureka said there were no reported injuries, damage or any tsunami warnings.

Despite its relatively low profile, a dispatcher at the department said the quake was "definitely felt."

"You’re sitting here and everything is shaking around you," the dispatcher said. "You know what’s happening."

— Ken Schwencke and Dalina Castellanos

Image: Location of the epicenter. Credit: Google Maps

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