NEWS

Mt. Shasta area felt 5.7 northern California earthquake

Skye Kinkade

Many in northern California and beyond felt the shaking of a 5.7 earthquake that hit near Greenville at 8:47 p.m. Thursday evening, May 23.

Greenville is approximately 25 miles southwest of Susanville.

Only slight damage has been reported, such as objects falling from shelves and rattling dishes broken, according to the National Weather Service.

Several aftershocks were recorded overnight and this morning with intensities ranging from 2.5 to a 4.0, which occurred at 8:26 a.m., according to the United States Geological Survey.

College of the Siskiyous geology instructor Dr. Bill Hirt said it's "perfectly normal" for two to four earthquakes to shake the area around Mt. Shasta every couple of months, though the quakes are not spread evenly through time. Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers talked with Hirt in March 2012, when a series of small earthquakes were felt in the Mt. Shasta area.

As a rule of thumb, people do not feel earthquakes that are less than 2.5 magnitude, said Dr. Peggy Hellweg, operations manager at the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory.

If you felt the initial quake or any of the aftershocks, you can report it to the USGS at their website, http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/

"By taking advantage of the vast numbers of internet users, we can get a more complete description of what people experienced, the effects of the earthquake, and the extent of damage, than traditional ways of gathering felt information," according to the USGS. "And best of all, with your help we can do so almost instantly."