An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 rocks Northern California.
The US Geological Survey reports that a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Eureka region of Northern California early on Tuesday, knocking off electricity to thousands of people.
According to the survey, the earthquake, which was felt at 2:34 a.m. Pacific Time, was centred 7.5 miles off the coast of Ferndale, a city in Humboldt County.
Residents have been advised by local authorities to be prepared for aftershocks as damage assessments continue. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that there is now no tsunami threat connected to the earthquake.
December 20, 2022, 35 A.M.
Authorities say damage assessment is still ongoing.
After a 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook Humboldt County, the California Governor’s office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) provided an update, stating that the damage assessment process is still ongoing.
The California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is working with local and tribal governments to examine the effects of the earthquake and is providing resources, mutual help, and damage assessment in the process. Cal OES, Cal Fire, Cal Trans, Cal CGS, and CHP are among the state agencies that have responded in support of local operations, it said.
According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake’s epicentre occurred in the Pacific Ocean about 7.5 miles from Ferndale in Humboldt County. It is around a 20-mile drive from Eureka and a 280-mile drive from Sacramento to get there.
The Department of Homeland Security, Earthquake Country Alliance, and Red Cross have provided a list of safety precautions to take in the event of an earthquake.
Wait out the aftershocks: Smaller earthquakes almost typically follow the strongest tremors in a succession, so be alert in the hours that follow the initial quake.
Get away: To avoid being hit by falling debris if you’re inside a damaged building, leave and relocate far away.
Close your mouth if you’re stuck: You might breathe in fumes or debris, so it’s advisable to send a text, thrash around, or blow a whistle so that rescuers can find you.
Keep an eye on the news: The government will likely provide emergency orders via radio, TV, and social media, so keep an eye on your gadgets for updates.
Avoid making phone calls: In the past, after earthquakes, the number of calls exceeded the capacity of mobile carriers’ networks, causing some calls to be blocked to make room for others. It’s preferable to text or use instant messaging rather than calling unless it’s an emergency.