California natural disaster hits northern coastline with massive 6.8 magnitude tremor

USGS map of the earthquake's epicenter
USGS map of the earthquake's epicenter
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11 December, 2016

The 6:50 a.m. quake was centered about 160 km in the Pacific Ocean west of Ferndale at a depth of 12 km.

A powerful magnitude 6.5 quake rocked the Northern California coast Thursday morning.

"So, this morning's quake was a very good reminder for us all that California is natural disaster country, where a damaging natural disaster can happen any time - and we need to be prepared", he said.

There are no reports of damages or injuries. So far, there have been no reports of damage in the communities of Fortuna and Ferndale, Fortuna Police Lt. Matthew Eberhardt told The Times.

In Ferndale, which has a population of about 1,300 people, Mayor Don Hindley said in a phone interview that he had not heard of any damage from the quake.

Others who felt the natural disaster described it in more frantic terms to the Associated Press.

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"It kind of felt like a rolling", he said. He said he felt the temblor for about 15 seconds. That quake was felt as far south as San Francisco.

The north coast of California is one of the state's most seismically active areas, regularly producing major quakes.

The Humboldt Bay Fire department in Eureka, California, had received no calls related to the quake off the state's coast, said Ashleigh Jordan, administrative assistant at the department.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement there was no threat of a tsunami.

Smaller tremors were reported days prior to Thursday's quake.

The US Geological Survey said there was "a low likelihood of casualties and damage" from the quake, which hit on the Mendocino fault.


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