Humboldt County, California earthquake: Thousands without power after 6.4 magnitude quake 7.5 miles from Ferndale


A magnitude 6.4 earthquake rocked the Eureka region of northern California early Tuesday, according to the US Geological Survey, and thousands of people are without power in its wake.

The quake, recorded at 2:34 a.m. PT, was centered in the Pacific just off the coast, about 7.5 miles from the town of Ferndale in Humboldt County, the survey said. It’s about 20 road miles southwest of Eureka and 280 road miles northwest of Sacramento.

Most homes and businesses in Humboldt County were without power early Tuesday. More than 64,000 outages were reported shortly before 4 a.m. PT — out of 99,000 customers tracked across the county — according to utility tracker

The earthquake toppled a number of objects onto the floor of Caroline Titus’ home in the Ferndale area, video she posted on Twitterr shows. “That was a big deal. The power is out now. The house is a big mess,” Titus wrote.

More than a dozen smaller earthquakes – as powerful as a magnitude of 4.6 – hit the region afterwards, according to the survey.

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

This is a developing story and will be updated.


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