A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast in Northern California’s Cape Mendocino region, the US Geological Service reported Monday, shattering windows and pushing those affected out.
The quake struck at a depth of nine kilometers (5.6 miles) in the Pacific Ocean about 24 miles (39 kilometers) west of the small Petrolia community along the rocky wilderness of California’s Lost Coast region in Humboldt County.
It can be felt as far south as San Francisco and as far north as Medford, Oregon.
“It was slow at first, but then it really started,” Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal told CNN. “We haven’t seen an earthquake like this since 2010.”
Seismologist Lucy Jones wrote on Twitter that the quake did not trigger a tsunami warning due to the nature of the fault system it came from.
No injuries were immediately reported after the quake struck at 12:10 p.m. local time, Samantha Kargis, a spokeswoman for the Humboldt County Police Department, said in an email to Reuters.
Some buildings sustained minor damage including broken glass, with contents flying off supermarket shelves, but no evacuation orders were issued in the sparsely populated area. Local journalist Caroline Titus, based in Ferndale, California, posted photos of the damage to her town on Twitter.
Karges said workers and crews have been deployed to check for damage to the roads, and two roads have been closed due to rockslides caused by the vibration.
The US Geological Survey estimates the economic losses at less than $10 million.
The Valley Grocery in Humboldt County saw many items, including smashed bottles, moments after the earthquake. The shop owner said ten volunteers came to help clean up and reopen
Windows shattered during the earthquakes, forcing locals in Ferndale, California to flee outside. The mayor of Humboldt County said the quake was the strongest he has felt since 2010
The 62-magnitude earthquake occurred just after noon and had its epicenter off the coast about 210 miles (337 kilometers) northwest of San Francisco, off the Cape Mendocino region. The nearest inhabited center, Eureka, is about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north.
Residents of Ferndale, California walked down the city’s main street as soon as the earthquake passed. Many of them took refuge abroad, after seeing many shops damaged during the natural disaster
A scientist in San Francisco felt the shaking about 200 miles (320 km) away, according to a tweet by the California Geological Survey.
“Moderate to strong shaking was recorded by the seismic network along the coast,” a post on the agency’s Twitter account read. “This CGS geologist felt the earthquake in San Francisco!”
In 1992, the same area was hit by a series of earthquakes that destroyed more than 1,100 homes and businesses, and destroyed about 200 buildings, the Los Angeles Times reported later that year.
The largest earthquake of 1992 had a magnitude of 7.2, about 10 times as strong as Monday’s earthquake. A small tsunami of about 2 feet (0.61 m) in height was also recorded.
The Humboldt County Fire Department did not immediately respond to a request for information on whether there were casualties or damage.
More smashed windows at Transcon Engineering on Main Street, Ferndale, California. The District Fire Department is currently assisting shopkeepers with damage inspections
The 6.8-magnitude earthquake occurred in the county after more than 40 tremors measuring 3.5 to 5.8 on the Richter scale hit the Oregon coast on December 7.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on Twitter “actively monitored” the situation and “closely coordinated with local partners in the area to protect communities from any secondary effects.”
Humboldt County has a population of 135,000 and is approximately 4,000 square miles in length. It is located 270 miles north of San Francisco, near California’s border with Oregon.
The earthquake occurred in the county after more than 40 tremors measuring 3.5 to 5.8 on the Richter scale hit the Oregon coast on December 7.