According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report, the 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck at 1:07 p.m. PST. It was situated about 30 km east of Trinidad, in Humboldt County.
The shaking lasted between 30 and 45 seconds and authorities were dispatched to survey the quake zone. No major injuries or damages have been reported, but hundreds of people near the epicentre claim to have felt the quake.
Some business owners in the area reported items falling off the shelves. The earthquake also prompted evacuations at local schools. Students filed out of the building and followed their earthquake drill procedure as a precaution.
The USGS says there is the potential for aftershocks measuring 5.0 in magnitude or above within the next seven days.