6.4-magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northern California

An earthquake hit coastal Northern California early Tuesday, which was reportedly 10 miles deep near Eureka in Humboldt County. The quake hit around 2:30 am, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, just 7.4 miles west-southwest of Ferndale.


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Following the quake was around 80 aftershocks, with one being as powerful as 4.6-magnitude that shook the city of Rio Dell, according to the director of California's Office of Emergency Services, Mark Ghilarducci.

There's also a chance of more earthquakes to follow, with NBC reporting a 13% chance of a 5.0-magnitude or stronger in the next week. This morning, there were more than 68,000 homes and businesses throughout Humboldt County still without power.

Two people died as a result of medical emergencies and at least 11 people were hurt sheriff's officials say.

The latest earthquake comes almost exactly one year after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck offshore in the Cape Mendocino area of Northern California, which struck December 21 of 2021.