5.5 magnitude quake strikes California
A moderate earthquake measuring 5.5 shook the US state of California late Friday, the US government announced.world Updated: Dec 06, 2008 10:24 IST
A moderate earthquake measuring 5.5 shook the US state of California late Friday, the US government announced.
There was no immediate word of casualties or damage.
The reading, issued by the US Geological Survey, was based on the open-ended Moment Magnitude scale, now used by US seismologists, which measures the area of the fault that ruptured and the total energy released.
The epicenter of the tremor, which occurred at 8:18 pm (0418 GMT Saturday), was located in the Mojave Desert 57 kilometers (35 miles) east of the town of Barstow, the survey said.