A Magnitude 6.5 powerful earthquake rocked the Northern California coast on Thursday morning. The earthquake happened about a 100 miles off the coast of Eureka, close to the Oregon border, during 6:50 a.m. in the morning. no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake was about 6.2 miles deep, which didn’t cause no tsunami warnings in connection with the temblor.
In accordance with the USGS mapping, though, the earthquake was strong,it did’t produce violent land shaking.
As if that was not enough, the morning jolt was followed by another earthquake. this time, it was a magnitude 5.0 temblor hit at 8:32 a.m. in the morning about 108 miles west of Ferndale, which is fewer than 20 miles south of Eureka.
However, we have not heared any reports of damage in the communities of Fortuna or Ferndale, Fortuna Police Lt. Matthew Eberhardt told The Times. Patrol officers, in his word ” we will be looking for any damage”.
“The radio is quiet,” he added. Eberhardt also opined that he felt the earthquake while preparing for his Thursday morning shift.
“It kind of felt like a rolling than a jerking,” Eberhardt said. Earthquakes is a Natural occurrence, it happens mostly around plate edges, on faults. to ensure safety there are three things one have to keep in mind to ensure safety in an earthquake.
Quake off Eureka was felt from southern Oregon south into the Bay Area. It was also felt inland in the Sacramento Valley, USGS said.
As early as 8 a.m., about 2,000 persons have already reported that they felt the quake with light shaking, according to the USGS “Did You Feel It? map.
Soon after the ground tire, the Bay Area residents took to social media to report the shaking. Some residents said that the shake woke them from sleep.
The train of the Bay Area ran 10 minutes slower than usual at a reduced speeds in San Francisco because of “seismic activity.”
A 6.5 quake hit the area of North California in January 2010, snapping power lines, toppling chimneys, knocking down traffic signals, shattering windows and prompting the evacuation of at least one apartment building.
A Seismologist named Lucy Jones said that the earthquake of early Thursday was on the Pacific-Gorda plate on the end of the San Andreas Fault.
But Generally, seismologists says, the major quake like this will be followed by numerous smaller aftershocks.