Early on Tuesday, a powerful earthquake rattled sections of Northern California, waking up inhabitants, disrupting electricity to thousands, and damaging some structures and roadways, according to officials.
There were two injuries noted.
At 2:34 in the morning, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck. close to Ferndale, a small town adjacent to the Pacific coast, located about 210 miles (345 kilometers) northwest of San Francisco.
Just offshore, at a depth of roughly 10 miles, was the epicenter (16 kilometers).
There were lots of aftershocks.
Initially tweeting about “widespread damages to roads and residences,” the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services later clarified that the damage was less than what might be anticipated given the magnitude of the earthquake.
According to Samantha Karges, a county sheriff’s information specialist, two injuries were reported, but both victims were anticipated to recover fully.
According to Brian Ferguson, a California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services spokeswoman, no fatalities were immediately recorded.
He said the magnitude of the damage appeared to be “small” compared to the earthquake’s intensity.
There is “some damage” to buildings and infrastructure, and two hospitals in the vicinity lost electricity and were operating on generators.
Authorities shut down a crucial Ferndale bridge because it had damage. The state traffic department tweeted a picture of the crumbled pavement.
According to poweroutage.us, there were also some gas leaks recorded, and over 70,000 consumers in the region lost power.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that no tsunami was anticipated.
According to the California Earthquake Authority, the county, which has 136,000 population, is located in a part of the state where there has been a long history of strong earthquakes, including ones of magnitude 7.0 in 1980 and 6.8 in 2014.
The 26,000-person city of Eureka reported on its website that despite a significant frequency of calls to its communications center, “no substantial damage” had yet to be discovered.
Dan Dixon, a 40-year-old resident of Eureka, claimed he and his wife were asleep when it shocked them out of their sleep and rocked everything in their home, knocking portraits on the floor.
He said that their infant daughter slept through it.
The earthquake triggered the West Coast’s warning system, which can advise people to take safety steps before intense shaking reaches them by detecting the beginning of an earthquake and sending warnings to cell phones in the affected area.
According to Ferguson, a representative for the Cal OES, some 270,000 people received notices early on Tuesday.
Only a few days prior, a minor 3.6-magnitude earthquake that shook the San Francisco Bay Area and caused hundreds of people to wake up before 4 a.m. preceded this one—caused minimal damage on Saturday.
The earthquake’s epicenter was El Cerrito, roughly 16 miles (25 kilometers) from the heart of San Francisco.