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At least two people were injured and tens of thousands of homes and businesses lost power after a powerful earthquake hit northern California.

The “crazy” 6.4 magnitude quake struck on Tuesday at 2:34 a.m. local time (10:34 a.m. UK time), with its epicenter located just offshore and about 10 miles (16 km) deep, but no tsunami threat.

Residents said there was shaking for 20 seconds.

The quake struck near the town of Ferndale in Humboldt County.

More than a dozen smaller earthquakes appear to have hit parts of the area since then, the US Geological Survey said.

main earthquake caused widespread damage to roads and homes, along with a bridge, while downed power lines and numerous gas leaks.

Ferndale, where the two injuries occurred, is home to about 1,400 people and is 261 miles (420km) north of San Francisco.

The sheriff’s office said one person suffered a broken hip and another suffered a head injury.

According to tracking website Poweroutageus.com, more than 72,000 homes and businesses lost power there and elsewhere in the county.

And the California Highway Patrol responded to reports of cracks in the Ferndale Bridge over the River Eel in and out of Ferndale.

‘It’s big’

Caroline Titus, a Ferndale resident, tweeted a video of her darkened home with furniture toppled and dishes smashed.

“Our house is 140 years old from the Victorian era. The shaking from north to south is very evident in what has fallen,” she wrote on Twitter.

“It’s a big deal,” she said in another message.

Another Twitter user, Jimmy Eller, who said he lives in Humboldt County, wrote: “That quake was crazy. The shaking lasted 15-20 seconds.”

And the sheriff’s office tweeted: “Due to a major earthquake, widespread damage to roads and homes is reported across Humboldt County.

“Be prepared for aftershocks. Check air and water lines for damage or leaks. Use caution if traveling.”

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