5.1 offshore earthquake felt in Northern California

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EUREKA, Calif. – A magnitude-5.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California on New Year’s Day morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake hit Thursday at approximately 4:16 a.m. and was centered in the Pacific Ocean about 70 miles west of Ferndale and 78 miles west southwest of Eureka, USGS reported.

A preliminary report indicated that the temblor had a magnitude of 5.3, but it was later downgraded by USGS to 5.1.

Weak to light shaking could be felt in coastal areas around Eureka, according to a USGS map.

No injuries or damages have been reported.

A 6.9 earthquake hit near the area last March.

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