At 0819 hours this morning an earthquake struck California near Salinas. The area has several fault lines nearby and is on the edge of a tectonic plate.
The earthquake was reported by the USGS as being at 8:19 a.m. PST on Sunday morning. This reporter felt the earthquake in the California Foothills which is 150 miles from the epicenter. The shaking of the house at this distance could indicate an intense temblor with the ability to do significant damage. At this time no reports of damage are being broadcast. No reports of injuries are being reported and there is no official notice on any of the broadcast mediums.
The quake was centered 8km from San Juan Batista (36.779°N, 121.495°W) at a depth of 6.9 km
This reporter is baffled that a quake that far away can produce no response from the local media in the immediate area of the quake.
The USGS map shows the location and proximity to population centers.
UPDATE It is now being reported that a 'boom' was heard throughout the Motherlode region at the same time as the earthquake near Salinas. Some are speculating a comet may have caused the sound.
No conclusions have been reached.
UPDATE 2: As it turns out it was probably a fireball entering the earths atmosphere as reported at Fox.