6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Northern California; tens of thousands without power


A 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook Northern California’s Eureka area early Tuesday, according to the US Geological Survey, and thousands were without power in its wake.

The quake, recorded at 2:34 am PT, was centered in the Pacific just off the coast, about 7.5 miles from the coastal Humboldt County city of Ferndale, the survey said. That’s about a 20-mile drive southwest of Eureka and a 280-mile drive northwest of Sacramento.

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Thousands without power after 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Northern California, Humboldt County.

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Most homes and businesses in Humboldt County were without power early Tuesday. About 60,000 outages were reported, out of 99,000 customers tracked in the county, according to utility tracker PowerOutage.us.

The quake spilled a number of items onto the floor of Caroline Titus’ Ferndale-area home, video she posted to Twitterr shows. “This was a big one. Power is out now. House is a big mess,” wrote Titus.

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More than a dozen smaller quakes — as powerful as a 4.6 magnitude — struck the area afterward, the survey reported.

No current tsunami threat is associated with the quake, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

This story will be updated.

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