Amid 6.4 magnitude earthquake, there has been reports of widespread damage to homes and roads and tens of thousands lose power in Humboldt County.
6.4 magnitude earthquake causes injuries, damage on Northern California coast
The earthquake struck on Tuesday at 2:34 a.m., with the epicenter located just offshore of California’s Humboldt County.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that “Due to a large earthquake, widespread damage to roads and homes are reported throughout Humboldt County.”
The towns of Ferndale and Fortuna are nearby, in addition to Eureka, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s study on the epicenter. Furthermore, the well-known Humboldt Redwoods State Park is close by.
“Over 70,000 customers are without power as of 5:45 a.m.,” the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services stated on its Facebook page.
The county agency was unsure of the precise restoration date for power.
Emergency personnel confirmed that there were two injuries.
The ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System — which is co-operated by the USGS and covers the West Coast, buzzed smartphones and woke up thousands of Bay Area residents to notify them of the earthquake. The local alert also warned that they might feel some shaking although that did not appear to have materialized.
A tsunami risk was ruled out by the National Weather Service.