Earthquake shakes Humboldt County in Northern California : NPR

FERNDALE, Calif. – A powerful earthquake shook parts of Northern California early Tuesday morning, jolting residents awake, leaving thousands without power, and damaging homes and roads, officials. official said. No injuries were immediately reported.

The magnitude 6.4 quake struck at 2:34 a.m. near Ferndale, a small community about 210 miles northwest of San Francisco and near the Pacific coast.

The county emergency services office tweeted: “Due to a major earthquake, extensive damage to roads and homes has been reported throughout Humboldt County. “Be prepared for aftershocks. Check air and water lines for damage or leaks.”

Authorities have closed an important bridge in Ferndale that is under damage, KRCR-TV reported. Some gas leaks have also been reported.

More than 70,000 customers lost power in the area, according to

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office announced on Twitter that there was no tsunami.

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

“Our house is a 140 year old Victorian house. The shaking north/south was evident in what fell,” she wrote on Twitter.

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

The quake comes just days after a small magnitude 3.6 quake hit the San Francisco Bay Area, waking thousands of people before 4 a.m. Saturday and causing minor damage.

That quake was centered in El Cerrito, about a 16-mile drive from downtown San Francisco.


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