A moderate 5.5 earthquake struck near Chester about 4:19 this afternoon, and there have been several aftershocks.

5.5 quake near Chester felt throughout the North State

Editor’s note: We apologize for the delay in reporting, but immediately following the earthquake our server went down.

At 4:19 p.m. today, May 11, the US Geological Society is reporting a 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck 9 miles from Chester (roughly the area of Canyon Dam).

Residents throughout Lassen and Plumas counties reportedly felt the temblor, as well as residents throughout the North State. Lassen News is checking with local officials to determine if there was any damage, but at this time the Susanville Fire Department and the Susanville Police Department are not responding to any reports of damage. A local supermarket reported a couple of boxes fell off the shelves, but there was no damage. Residents in the Chester area who were contacted reported feeling the quake, but said that it didn’t knock anything off of walls or shelves.

Action News Now reports the quake was felt in Chico, Redding, Dairyville and Magalia.

The Record Searchlight reports the quake was felt as far south as the Stockton area.

According to Earthquake Track, there have been a number of aftershocks, including a 2.6 magnitude aftershock near Chester, a 2.8 magnitude aftershock near Greenville, and 2.5 and 2.8 aftershocks in Westwood.

More details as they become available.