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4.8-magnitude earthquake rattles Central California

A magnitude-4.8 earthquake near the Kern County town of Wasco was felt across a wide area of Central California on Tuesday afternoon.

The U.S. Geological Survey’s initial report said the earthquake happened just after 4 p.m. and was centered about three miles south-southwest of Wasco, which is about 90 miles south of Fresno. The earthquake was initially reported at 4.9 magnitude but was later lowered to 4.8.

The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena put the quake at a depth of about 13.4 miles. The quake was followed by several smaller aftershocks.

A dispatcher with the Kern County Sheriff’s Department said she was receiving lots of calls from the public about the quake and didn’t have time to talk. There was no immediate word on damage.

Wasco City Clerk Duviet Rodriguez said the city had not received a single call from a concerned resident – except one: her mother.

“She felt it, and she just wasn’t sure what was going on,” Rodriguez said with a laugh. “I’m actually surprised we haven’t heard from anyone.”

The quake comes a week after a 4.8-magnitude earthquake near Big Pine, on the eastern Sierra Nevada, rattled the central San Joaquin Valley.

On Facebook, one person said she “felt it real good in my building at Bakersfield College.”

Others said they felt it in Porterville, Visalia, San Joaquin, Hanford, Clovis, northeast Fresno, Kerman, and even as far away as Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo and Modesto.

Kevin Bean said it was “stronger and longer” than last week’s Big Pine quake.

Vikki Velasquez said, “It shook my whole apartment building twice for like three seconds.”

Connie Boyd, in a comment posted on The Bee’s website, said there was “Lovely shaking on the 2nd floor in an office building in Visalia.”

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