4.7-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northern California, Aftershocks Follow

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
November 13, 2017 Updated: November 13, 2017

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.

The temblor had a depth of 3.8 miles.

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.

It’s unclear if the quake caused any damage.

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.

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A man reacts following an earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah, Iran November 13, 2017. (Tasnim News Agency/Handout via REUTERS)

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.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.