(CMR) A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Northern California’s Eureka area early Tuesday, leaving thousands without electricity and damaging at least one bridge.
According to the US Geological Survey, the quake struck at 2:34 a.m. PT, and was centered in the Pacific just off the coast, about 7.5 miles from the Humboldt County city of Ferndale, a 20-mile drive southwest of Eureka and a 280-mile drive northwest of Sacramento. More than two dozen smaller quakes – as powerful as a 4.6 magnitude – struck the area afterward.
CNN reported that most homes and businesses in Humboldt County were without power early Tuesday. More than 71,000 outages were reported shortly after 4:30 a.m. PT. The quake left cracks in a bridge in Ferndale and debris on its roadway.
“Once the shaking finally stopped, we got our flashlights and phones and looked around. Everything was in shambles. Things you wouldn’t expect to have fallen over or broken did. An entire cabinet in the bathroom fell over and broke apart,” Wendy Pickett Monolias told CNN.
This quake comes exactly one year after a 6.2 magnitude quake struck roughly the same area, just off Humboldt County’s Cape Mendocino on December 20, 2021, and caused minor damage to buildings in the area.