Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Strikes Off Northern California Coast

FERNDALE, Humboldt County (CBS SF) — A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck off the Northern California coast in the Mendocino Fracture Zone early Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The USGS reports that the earthquake struck at 6:50 a.m. about 100 miles west of Ferndale and 110 miles west-southwest of Eureka, at a depth of 6.2 miles. Earlier reports from the USGS said the earthquake was a magnitude 6.8.

The original quake was followed by an aftershock measuring 5.0 at 7:40 a.m.

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Visitors to the USGS website from Humboldt County reported light shaking. People from as far as the Bay Area, the Sacramento area and Southern Oregon also said they felt shaking.

Bonnie Brower, owner of the Ferndale Pie Company, told The Associated Press she was grabbing something from the fridge in the restaurant’s kitchen when the quake happened. She didn’t see any damage, but said says felt a “big jolt.”

“I just felt this very huge jerk and I didn’t know what it was,” Brower said to The AP. Afterward, it felt like the ground was rolling, “like you were on a boat.”

Lorri Asbury, who lives in the Freshwater area of Humboldt County, wrote on Facebook that the quake woke her up but not her husband.

“Woke me up,” she posted. “I woke my hubby telling him earthquake is coming. I thought it’d be get tougher. We felt big swishing rolls movement. Surprised it was a 6.8!!!”

Steven Durrett lives in the Humboldt Hill area of Eureka posted that his home rocked for a while.

“Rolled for a long time,” he posted on Facebook. “No damage here on Humbolt[sic] Hill.”

Veronica Coleman in Cutten was surprised it was so large of a quake.

“Rolling for a long time, gentle swaying, no damages not the usual jolt and noises,” she wrote on social media. “Felt like a 4 on land.”

Eureka resident Marsha Hale said the quake rearranged her shelves.

“Felt strongly, 13th and F St., Eureka,” she wrote on Facebook. “No damage, but cupboards got a bit rearranged.”

There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The National Tsunami Center reports no danger of tsunami at this time.

PG&E said there were no electrical outages or gas leaks reported due to quakes.

Located in the area of the quake is the Gorda Escarpment — a plate boundary between the Pacific to the south and Gorda Plate to the north and the site of frequent earthquakes.

Back in 1992, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake off the coast rocked the region, injuring 95 people and causing millions of dollars in damage. The temblor was followed by a magnitude 6.5 quake about 12 hours later and a magnitude-6.7 quake a few hours after that.

In January 2010, a 6.5 magnitude quake in the Pacific caused about $34 million in property losses in and around the nearby city of Eureka, including partial damage to at least nine buildings.

COMPLETE QUAKE COVERAGE: CBS Earthquake Resource Center

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Comments

One Comment

  1. Don Beck says:

    Awww. come on, mother nature, you can do better than that! Give those dirty commies and their pet illegals a good tsunami, and wash the place clean! Make it a Red State again!

    1. Perhaps Caliexit is coming sooner rather than later.

  2. Good grief this was written by an uneducated person. Do you know how to proofread?

  3. Oh, please tell me California just fell into the pacific ocean.

  4. Do not bother me with California news, unless it is to tell me that the state has sunk with no survivors.

  5. Carlton Ward says:

    My alert came in as a 6.8 but these alerts are often adjusted later.

  6. mibones says:

    Earthquake forecaster “dutchsinse.com”

  7. Jim Morrison says:

    No Federal Funds for cleanup as long as there are ‘Sanctuary Cities’ in California.
    Better start calling and complaining to Gov. Moonbeam

  8. Moe Zarella says:

    This is just a warm up. Trump is getting ready to bust the whole west coast off the map.

  9. wolfmann4u says:

    always wanted California beach front property

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