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Quake Rocks Central State

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 rocked the Central Coast and was felt widely throughout the southern half of the state today.

The 11:15 a.m. quake was felt as a sustained but gentle rolling motion in downtown Los Angeles and in San Francisco. The quake was centered nearly eleven miles north of Cambria, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Cambria is about 185 miles northwest of LA and near Hearst Castle in San Simeon. The quake has caused minimal damage.

Initial reports indicate a few unspecified injuries, a structure collapse and otherwise mostly minor damage. San Luis Obispo officials say several people were reported hurt by falling barrels at a winery and rescue crews were responding to

a structure collapse in Paso Robles.

The main shock shortly after eleven a.m. was immediately followed by at least five aftershocks of magnitude larger than 3.3.

The quake was almost eleven miles north of Cambria. Sharyn Conn, a receptionist in Cambria, says “it was pretty sharp.” She says: “It really went on and on. I just got everyone under the door frames and rode it out.”