According to the U.S Geological Survey, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 hit the Northen coast of California Thursday morning at 6:50am (local time) in the Pacific Ocean about 100 miles west of Ferndale.

Specifics of the earthquake

Although the magnitude of the quake was high, no major incidences of immediate damages or injuries were reported.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the earthquake was initially reported to have a magnitude of 6.8 and based on the available data, there was no threat of a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami, to both the coast of California as well as Hawaii.


The effects of the earthquake were mostly felt by residents of the town of Ferndale, California, with a population of roughly 1,300 people reported being shook and jolted at the time earthquake occurred.

As reported by the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) the epicenter of the earthquake was very close to the surface with a depth of 7.5 miles. However, although the magnitude of the quake was strong it did not cause violent shaking on land.


Ferndale Enterprise, a weekly newspaper, reported via their Twitter page that the earthquake was "felt lightly" and "was enough to wake one up but was a "roller" compared to a "jolter." Not one picture frame affected." The newspaper also tweeted that after the earthquake, the water lines were "stirred up" with sediments detected in the water but were not hazardous.

As reported by NPR, Cliff Berkowitz of Ferndale radio station KHUM told the newscast unit of NPR, "We felt it pretty good.

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We're on the second floor of a building in the 1800s, so we feel everything- we can feel a truck driving by."

"Everything was swaying," he continued, "but nothing fell over. Nothing broke."

Previous earthquakes to hit the area

An earthquake with a similar magnitude of 6.5 had hit the same area in the Pacific back in January 2010, it caused about $34 million in property damages and losses around the nearby city of Eureka which included partial damage to about nine buildings.

The largest earthquake to have hit this similar area included a magnitude 7.5 earthquake which was felt in San Francisco as well. This quake which was fatal and caused the injuries of about 97 people and millions of dollars in damages according to the USGS.

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