A massive earthquake struck southern California, sending rocks, debris and debris into the air.
The quake hit at 8:42 a.m. local time, according to the USGS.
The shaking shook buildings and shook buildings, but was felt mostly in the Sacramento area.
The city of Fresno was among the hardest hit areas, with the National Weather Service reporting several aftershocks.
The quake struck near the popular tourist destination of Escondido.
It was not immediately clear if the quake caused any injuries.
The USGS reported the quake was centered at a depth of about 5 miles (8 kilometers).
A woman walks past damaged buildings in the Escondiduela neighborhood in Fresno, California.
The earthquake caused extensive damage and destruction to nearby buildings.
Photo: ReutersThe USGS said at least five people were injured.
“There were a number of buildings damaged by a powerful earthquake that struck near Escondida,” the agency said in a statement.
The Associated Press reported that the city of Escalante is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Fresno.
In a statement, the city said the damage was extensive, but that no residents were reported injured.
The city’s emergency management director, Mike Cavanaugh, said it appeared that the damage caused by the earthquake was not widespread.
Cavanaugh said some buildings had structural damage but were in good condition.
“This is just one of many instances where we’ve been able to do a lot of damage reduction by using more advanced engineering,” he said.
The earthquake rattled homes, restaurants and businesses around Escalito, where about 40,000 people live, according a report from the Associated Press.
The US Geological Survey said in its statement that the quake struck at a shallow depth of 3.3 miles (4 kilometers).