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Magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Northern California cuts power to tens of thousands

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According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck the Eureka region of northern California early Tuesday morning. At least two people were injured, with reports of damage to roads and homes, which woke residents and cut power to tens of thousands. The quake’s epicenter was located in the Pacific Ocean about 15 miles from Fortuna, a city of about 12,000 in Humboldt County, part of California’s forested Redwood Coast. Fortuna is near Eureka, about 280 miles northwest of Sacramento. Since then, more than 30 tremors of magnitude 4.6 have occurred, the study reports. Tuesday’s quake came a year after a magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck off Cape Mendocino in Humboldt County on December 20, 2021, causing minor damage to buildings in the area. The county sheriff’s office said on Twitter Tuesday morning that there were reports of “extensive damage to roads and homes” throughout Humboldt County. At least two people were injured, according to the sheriff’s office.


“When the shaking finally subsided, we grabbed our flashlights and cellphones and looked around. Everything was a mess,” Pickett told Honorius. “Something I didn’t expect to fall or break happened. The entire bathroom cabinet fell apart and fell apart.” According to a video Caroline Titus posted on Twitter, the earthquake spilled a lot of stuff on the floor of Caroline Titus’ home in the Ferndale area. The house is in chaos,” Titus wrote. Northeast of Ferndale, the quake damaged part of Fernbridge, which carries State Route 211 across the Eel River, CNN affiliate KRCR reported.

Part of the roadway on the bridge cracked, according to an image tweeted by the California Department of Transportation. “The bridge is closed during a safety inspection for possible earthquake damage,” the tweet said. According to the KRCR video, several storefront windows were smashed in downtown Fortuna on a rainy Tuesday morning and people erected boards to fill the gaps. The major tremor caused at least some shaking from the Oregon coast south to San Jose, Calif., according to public reports collected by the survey. There is no tsunami danger, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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