Northern California has been rocked by a massive earthquake in Humboldt County. The United States Geological Society (USGS) reported it as a strong 6.4 magnitude quake.
Northern California has been rocked by an earthquake near Ferndale. The United States Geological Society (USGS) reported it as a strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake.
It was followed shortly by two aftershocks that measured 4.6 magnitude and 3.1 magnitude. USGS has reported at least 15 aftershocks following the original quake.
Reports from the region have suggested structural damage and multiple gas leaks in the area affected by the earthquake.
Local news reporter Michael Steinberg, took to Twitter to share what he was hearing on the ground.
“Hearing of multiple Gas leaks in Fortuna, additionally a possible structure collapse with people trapped in Rio Dell per scanner traffic. Just heard of a handicapped person trapped in an apartment in Rio Dell as well,” he said.
State Senator Mike McGuire posted an update on the situation: “Humboldt Earthquake: Pacific Gas & Electric will begin safety evaluations of both their gas and electrical systems. Power is out to approximately 50,000 Humboldt customers.
“PG&E is currently mobilizing crews to conduct assessments and respond to infrastructure needs.”
The utilities company previously confirmed thousands in the area were without power.
Locals also took to Twitter to voice concern after they were alerted a minute before it struck.
Ana Fuentes wrote: “Wow! While my phone was on silent mode, I received a loud warning to drop and cover in anticipation of a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Eureka, California.”
Mark added: “That was a serious earthquake. I’ve got stuff down off the walls stuff out of cupboards nothing is broken that I can see but the power is out here on the north coast of California.”
Local newspaper editor, Caroline Titus shared a video on Twitter of her furniture having crashed down during the shake.
She wrote: “That was a big one. Power is now out in Ferndale. House is a mess.”
USGS confirmed the quake hit at a depth of 10 miles at 2.34am local time near Eureka, in California’s Humboldt County.
These details are subject to change as seismologists review the data from the quake.
A tsunami warning has not been issued following the earthquake.
More to follow…