updated 4/7/2006 4:49:48 AM ET 2006-04-07T08:49:48

A minor earthquake and several small tremors shook central California near Hearst Castle, but there were no immediate reports of damage, authorities said.

The magnitude-4.2 earthquake happened at 6:06 p.m. Thursday and was centered 8 miles northeast of San Simeon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

It was followed by four tremors ranging in magnitude from 2.6 to 2.2, according to the automated California Integrated Seismic Network.

On Wednesday, there was a magnitude-3.6 earthquake in the same area.

San Simeon is about 200 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

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