Magnitude 5.3 quake strikes off Southern California coast

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LOS ANGELES --  No significant damage has been reported after a magnitude 5.3 earthquake in the Channel Islands region off the Southern California coast, but some bricks fell from a chimney at a historic ranch on one of the islands.

Channel Islands National Park spokeswoman Yvonne Menard says the bricks fell Thursday at a ranch building on Santa Cruz Island that dates to the 1860s.

Menard says the 12:29 p.m. quake was felt by visitors and staff on the island, but no injuries were reported.

Most of Santa Cruz, including the ranch area, is owned by The Nature Conservancy, which cooperatively manages the island with the Park Service.

Veteran seismologist Lucy Jones says earthquakes of such size typically occur about once a year in Southern California.

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