Earthquake, 6.5 Magnitude, Hits Near Eureka

An earthquake with a magnitude 6.5 occurred Saturday in the Pacific Ocean, 27 miles south of Eureka, CA, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The USGS reported the earthquake at 4:27 p.m. No injuries or structural damage were reported as of Saturday afternoon, but the power was out.Several aftershocks have been reported.The NOAA/NWS/West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center stated that the earthquake would not result in a tsunami.

via Earthquake, 6.5 Magnitude, Hits Near Eureka – News Story – KTVU San Francisco.

Los Angeles Times

[Updated: 5 p.m.: Sandra Hall, owner of Antiques and Goodies in Eureka, said the quake moved her shop in all directions.

Her store is now littered with broken lamps, dishes, and wardrobe items. She said there were at least four people in her store when the quake struck.  A couple managed to run out of the store’s main entrance, while two women took cover under a table.

“We’ve been through a lot of earthquakes but I can’t recall there ever being any this bad,” Hall said.]

[Updated, 5:06 p.m.: A tsunami is not expected, according to the National Weather Service. Power is out in at least one neighborhood in the Eureka area, a resident said. Two aftershocks have been detected, magnitude 3.8 and 3.7.]

L.A. NOW | 6.5 earthquake reported off of Eureka, Calif. [Updated] | Los Angeles Times.

Earthquake Details

Magnitude 6.5
Location 40.670°N, 124.630°W
Depth 7.6 km (4.7 miles)
  • 33 km (20 miles) WNW (288°) from Ferndale, CA
  • 37 km (23 miles) W (259°) from Humboldt Hill, CA
  • 39 km (24 miles) WSW (254°) from Bayview, CA
  • 42 km (26 miles) WSW (251°) from Eureka, CA
  • 359 km (223 miles) NW (312°) from Sacramento, CA
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.8 km (0.5 miles); depth +/- 1.7 km (1.1 miles)
Parameters Nph= 84, Dmin=51 km, Rmss=0.37 sec, Gp=212°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
Event ID nc71338066
  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
  • Did you feel it? Report shaking and damage at your location. You can also view a map displaying accumulated data from your report and others.

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