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California: Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits near Pacific Coast

California: Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits near Pacific Coast: The US Geological Survey has said that a magnitude 5.5 earthquake has hit near the Pacific coast of Northern California. The agency says the earthquake struck at 8.53pm. The center was at a spot 17.3 miles (27.9 kilometers) southwest of Scotia, a town of 850 people. The earthquake had a depth of 5.6 miles (9 kilometers). According to the media reports, the earthquake was felt in the region. There have been no reports of casualties or damage to the property yet as a result of the quake. No Tsunami warning has been issued.

In the past 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. An average of five earthquakes with magnitudes between 5.0 and 6.0 occur per year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three-year data sample.

The agency says the earthquake struck at 8:53 p.m. at a spot 17.3 miles (27.9 kilometers) southwest of Scotia, a town of 850 people.The earthquake had a depth of 5.6 miles (9 kilometers.)

Media reports says the earthquake was felt in the region. There are no immediate reports of damage.