The epicenter of a magnitude 7.7 earthquake centered on a small community in the northwest corner of California, the U.S. Geological Survey said Tuesday.
A U.N. official said the quake killed at least two people and caused at least $3.5 billion in damage in the mountainous region.
There was no immediate word on how much damage had been reported.
The U. S. Geological survey said the epicenter was located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of Modesto, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the Mexican border.
It was not immediately clear how long the quake’s magnitude was.
It was the first earthquake of the year to strike in California and the largest since August 2011, when a magnitude 6.9 quake rocked the city of Napa.
The quake’s epicenter is about 80 miles (120 kilometers) southwest of Sacramento, according to the U-SGS.