Northern California Struck By Powerful 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake

by Jonathan Howard

Just off the coast of Northern California near Humboldt County, a powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck earlier this afternoon.

The quake occurred just off the coast and was right near the city of Eureka on Monday. Information from the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre says that the event took place 5.6 miles below the surface of the water. As for now, there is no tsunami warning for the affected region.

This was a big earthquake and was felt for miles and miles away. There are reports from Albany, Oregon as well as San Francisco, California. The California Geological Survey released a statement on the matter.

“Moderate to strong shaking was recorded by the seismic network along the coast. The earthquake was felt in San Francisco by this CGS geologist!”

The CGS upgraded the quake from a 5.9M to a 6.2M after the initial shaking.

Luckily, there are no reports of injury to persons or damage to property. This is a matter that the governor’s office is monitoring. The state is no stranger to these events and has a lot of services in place to handle these situations.

When the quake hit, it was just minutes away from a central fault line. That fault runs from northern Vancouver Island all the way down to California. After the first shake, another quake was felt in Ferndale, CA. That was a 3.0M.

Humboldt County Sheriff Says Worst Quake ‘Since 2010’

Since the earthquake happened right off the coast of Humboldt, the emergency services there were quick to react. The county sheriff William Honsal talked about the quake and the severity of the event.

“It was slow rolling at first, but then it really got going. We haven’t had a shake like this since 2010,” Honsal said.

California has an earthquake warning system in place. However, these things happen out of nowhere. The sheriff said he received an alert just seconds before he felt the shaking begin. There have been smaller shakes felt in the aftermath.

Humboldt County is famous for its geography, including its vast redwood forests and beautiful ocean views. With 135,000 residents across more than 4000 square miles, it isn’t densely populated. Thankfully, there appears to be no damage to the communities that felt the brunt of the quake.

The west coast is used to having to deal with these natural events. Just last month Oregon was bombarded with many earthquakes ranging in magnitude.

Earthquakes Rattle Oregon in Early December

For the folks that felt this quake up in Albany, OR, it might have felt like some fairly recent deja vu going on. It was less than two weeks ago when the state was hit with over 40 quakes in just one day. Those ranged in severity from 3.5 to 5.8 magnitude.

According to the U.S. Geological Service, there were about 50 minor quakes and aftershocks during the timeframe, which shook the state and the region off and on.