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6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northern California, Causing Power Outage

6.4 magnitude Earthquake Hits Northern California
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northern California, Causing Power Outage. Credit: Martin Luff / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

Residents in Northern California received an unexpected wakeup call early on Tuesday morning when a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rattled the Eureka area, located about 280 miles northwest of Sacramento. The earthquake struck at 2:34 a.m. local time, destroying homes and infrastructure while leaving thousands without power.

Electricity was cut off for well over ninety-nine thousand residences and businesses across the Northern California region.

“Widespread damages to roads and homes” were reported throughout Humboldt County, the county sheriff’s office said on Tuesday morning via Twitter.

As shown in a video shared on Twitter by resident Caroline Titus, several of her belongings were thrown to the floor after the tremor that struck the Ferndale area. “This was a big one. The power is out now. House is a big mess,” Titus wrote.

Two dozen smaller quakes struck the area

The United States Geological Survey noted almost two dozen minor earthquakes, the strongest of which measured a magnitude of 4.6. According to public accounts compiled by the survey, the epicenter of the quake was felt from the coast of Oregon to just south of San Jose, California.

An early tweet mentioning the strong earthquake was sent out by the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services before they shared the alert with the public.

At that time, it was reported that “power [was] out across the county,” and it was stated that a tsunami was not expected to be caused by the earthquake.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports that the probability of a tsunami resulting from an earthquake with a magnitude of less than 6.5 is minimal.

“DO NOT CALL 911 UNLESS YOU ARE EXPERIENCING AN IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY,” the emergency services office stated in its initial tweet posted at about 3 a.m. local time just after the earthquake hit.

The earthquake struck only a few days after a smaller one with a magnitude of 3.6 hit the San Francisco Bay Area. That earthquake jolted thousands of people awake at 3:39 on Saturday morning and caused some minor damage.

The center of that earthquake was located near El Cerrito, which is approximately sixteen miles away from downtown San Francisco.

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