March 2015 – COALINGA, Calif. – A small earthquake jolted an area of central California, but there were no reports of damage. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the temblor occurred at 6:30 a.m. Friday and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.2. It was centered 6 miles north of Coalinga and occurred at a depth of 7 miles. Christine Mercer, a dispatcher with the Coalinga Police Department, says the quake wasn’t too strong and lasted four or five seconds.
She said: “You could kind of hear the rumble and then there was a jerk and that was it.” Mercer says police received numerous calls, but none reported any damage or injuries. The USGS website shows a number of smaller quakes in the same area overnight. The largest was magnitude-3.5 at 12:32 a.m. –Fox News