The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 but was quickly downgraded to a 6.4.
It struck in a remote area of
There were no immediate reports of major structural damage or fatalities.
People from the desert to the Pacific coast reported feeling the rolling waves that lasted some 30 seconds.
"Been living in
The quake was one of the largest in
The last major quake was the 7.1 magnitude
"There's a common misconception that if you have a lot of small quakes, it takes away the energy for a larger one, but this is mostly wrong. It would take thousands of small ones to release the same energy, and they would have to be on the same fault," she said.
"We still expect to have a large damaging earthquake in this country. If it doesn't happen in the next 50 years, I will be surprised," she said. "We don't know when. If we knew and we could predict, we'd be rich."
One Twitter user posted video of shattered glass covering the floor of what she identified as her father's liquor store in
Goulet said people in earthquake-prone areas should view Thursday's shaker as a reminder to stock up on water and supplies and keep sturdy shoes in their cars.
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