4.7-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northern California, Aftershocks Follow
A 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck Northern California on Monday, and it was felt by many.
The U.S. Geological Survey says that the quake hit Monterey County, located south of San Francisco and San Jose.
Specifically, it hit 14 miles northeast of Gonzales and 22 miles east of Salinas, the agency said.
The quake was followed by aftershocks measuring 2.8 and 2.7 an hour later.
People said they could feel it.
Did anyone else in California just feeling earthquake? Our whole house was shaking twice!!!
— Jeremy DeWeese (@jeremydeweese) November 13, 2017
Did anyone feel the earthquake in the South Bay?
— Isaac Lopez (@Da1andOnlyIsaac) November 13, 2017
We didn't feel that tremor in the new earthquake-safe main hospital building @SCVMCGOPUBLIC about to open next month. It's that good.
— VMC Foundation (@vmcfoundation) November 13, 2017
The temblor had a depth of 3.8 miles.
M 4.7 – 22km NE of Gonzales, California pic.twitter.com/pAgkl2zEp1
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) November 13, 2017
According to the USGS website, people reported feeling it about 100 miles away from the epicenter.
The National Weather Service said that a tsunami was not expected.
Tsunami Info Stmt: M4.8 025mi SE Monterey, California 1131PST Nov 13: Tsunami NOT expected
— NWS Tsunami Alerts (@NWS_NTWC) November 13, 2017
It’s unclear if the quake caused any damage.
7 small earthquakes detected in California in the past hour, raising concerns for ‘the big one’
— BNL NEWS (@BreakingNLive) November 13, 2017
It comes a day after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake hammered Iran and Iraq, killing at least 400 people on Sunday.
The earthquake was felt in several western provinces of Iran but the hardest hit province was Kermanshah, which announced three days of mourning. More than 236 of the victims were in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah province, about 15 km (10 miles) from the Iraq border, Reuters reported.
Iranian state television said the quake had caused heavy damage in some villages where houses were made of earthen bricks. Rescuers were laboring to find survivors trapped under collapsed buildings.
The quake also triggered landslides that hindered rescue efforts, officials told state television. At least 14 provinces in Iran had been affected, Iranian media reported.
Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei offered his condolences on Monday, urging all government agencies to do all they could to help those affected.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured magnitude 7.3. An Iraqi meteorology official put its magnitude at 6.5 with the epicenter in Penjwin in Sulaimaniyah province in the Kurdistan region, close to the main border crossing with Iran.
Kurdish health officials said at least four people were killed in Iraq and at least 50 injured.
The quake was felt as far south as Baghdad, where many residents rushed from their houses and tall buildings when tremors shook the Iraqi capital.
Reuters contributed to this report.