A powerful magnitude 6.4 earthquake jolted the northern coast of California before dawn on Tuesday, damaging homes, roads and water systems and leaving tens of thousands of people without electricity. The earthquake was about 16 km deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and struck about 12km west-southwest of Ferndale, about a four-hour drive north of San Francisco.
Kenna Shapiro, Eureka Resident: “It was a pretty intense earthquake. It lasted a bit longer than some of them we have in the past thankfully it wasn't the worst one I've experienced personally up here. We did not have to worry about a tsunami that was ruled out pretty early and that's generally the absolute number one concern. As far as services, internet, cell service and our electricity went down across the county which covers about 70 to 80 thousand people. A lot of the services were restored within the first 24 hours in the more urban areas and some of the more rural areas are still waiting for services to be restored.”
Authorities reported at least four other roads in Humboldt County closed due to earthquake damage. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services said two people had died as a result of medical emergencies occurring during or just following the earthquake. Most of the 72,000 Humboldt County customers who lost electricity when the quake struck before dawn Tuesday had power restored by evening, but thousands of residents remained without power the day after the earquake.