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Recent earthquakes: Northern California rattled by 5.0 earthquake

Posted: 10:40 AM, Dec 14, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-14 15:03:44-05

A magnitude-5 earthquake has rattled The Geysers region of Northern California, a rural area about 70 miles north of the San Francisco Bay Area.

A dispatcher with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department says the Ukiah office shook lightly just after 8:40 a.m. Wednesday but there were no calls reporting damage or injury.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake's epicenter was 4 miles west of The Geysers and about 15 miles north of Healdsburg.

The USGS says the region is tectonically active.

The Geysers is a large geothermal field where steam is withdrawn to generate electricity. Small earthquakes are not uncommon there.