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Mag 5.6 earthquake hits Northern California, which according to a Wikipedia item, ranks close to the force recorded in California once on average every 20 to 30 years:


 

Earthquake Details

 

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.

 

Magnitude 5.6
Date-Time
Location 41.153°N, 123.817°W
Depth 32.9 km (20.4 miles)
Region NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Distances
  • 10 km (6 miles) WSW (247°) from Weitchpec, CA
  • 28 km (17 miles) ENE (63°) from Westhaven-Moonstone, CA
  • 29 km (18 miles) ENE (70°) from Trinidad, CA
  • 50 km (31 miles) NE (36°) from Eureka, CA
  • 352 km (218 miles) NW (326°) from Sacramento, CA
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.8 km (0.5 miles)
Parameters Nph= 62, Dmin=17 km, Rmss=0.17 sec, Gp= 72°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
Source
Event ID nc71734741


http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/nc71734741.php?
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5id81-mURl-uWWnxiiK8BW0KPF71w?docId=813f317aedc445c6980a8954739973d7

 

The US Geological Survey reports that a magnitude-5.5 quake struck at 1.07pm local time, about 30km east of Trinidad in a rural area of Humboldt County.

A dispatcher at the sheriff’s department says the quake was widely felt and the shaking lasted 30 to 45 seconds.

The department says there are no immediate reports of injury or damage, but deputies are going out to check.
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/magnitude-55-quake-strikes-california/story-e6frfku0-1226270432015
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Maps/special/California_Nevada_eqs.php
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/13/us/california-earthquake/index.html?

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