According to the United States Geological Survey, the temblor hit near Tonopah, Nevada at around 4 a.m. The agency also reported several aftershocks in the western Nevada area.
Many Fresno residents took to Twitter, reporting they'd felt the earthquake.
ABC30 insider, Lance Cardoza, shared video from the top of the Pacific Southwest Building in downtown Fresno.
One resident in Sanger shared video with Action News of the quake causing a light fixture in her house to sway.
The quake struck with 30 million pounds of explosive energy at a depth of about 4.7 miles in area of hard earth -- which created conditions for it to be felt hundreds of miles away. Temblors of this strength only happen about 120 times a year.
The Esmeralda County Sheriff's Office in Nevada posted photos to Facebook of a damaged highway caused by the temblor.