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Moderate quake rattles central Calif.

SALINAS, Calif. — A moderate earthquake and minor aftershocks jolted the central California coast over the weekend but didn’t cause any damage, authorities said.

Nearly 6,700 people reported feeling the 5.3-magnitude quake when it struck late Saturday outside of King City, the US Geological Survey said on its website.

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USGS geophysicist Don Blakeman said the temblor struck in a ‘‘seismically active area’’ near the San Andreas Fault, about 90 miles southeast of San Jose. It was followed by at least four aftershocks that were greater than 2.5 magnitude. The area where the quake hit is a mostly rural area of rolling hills with large farms and ranches.

A magnitude 5 quake is capable of causing damage — most often knocking things off shelves and making moderate cracks in walls and foundations, the USGS said.

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Far to the north, a minor earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.5 rattled an area 15 miles east of Eureka, but was as not related to the ones near King City, Blakeman said.

Associated Press

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