High Magnitude Earthquake On Northern California Coast

By Nitin Singh

The Northern California coastline near Eureka was shaken on Tuesday morning by a strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake that resulted in some injuries, structural damage, and power outages.

The earthquake struck on Tuesday at 2:34 a.m., with the epicentre located just offshore of California's Humboldt County.

The earthquake has reportedly caused extensive road and property damage throughout Humboldt County.

On its Facebook page, the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services wrote, "Over 70,000 customers are without power as of 5:45 a.m.

The county agency was unsure of the precise restoration date for power.

Emergency personnel confirmed that there were two injuries.

Locals and journalists in the area were reporting sporadic gas leaks and property damage, including collapsed buildings in rural areas and felled shelves and other home furnishings.

The county Office of Emergency Services reported that "widespread damage has been reported to roads and homes, particularly in the Eel River Valley."

Within 45 minutes of the initial 6.4 quake, the U.S. Geological Survey reported at least 13 aftershocks.