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Two dead in a magnitude 6.4 quake in Northern California

Two dead in a magnitude 6.4 quake in Northern California

December 20, 2022, 18:46 PM

December 20, 2022, 18:46 PM

At least two people were killed by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck off the northern California coast in the early hours of this Tuesday, also causing power outages.

The relatively shallow quake struck 40 kilometers southwest of the port city of Eureka, in Humboldt County, reported the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The National Tsunami Warning Center said no tsunami was expected.

The electrical network was affected and almost 72,000 subscribers (72%) were without power at 12:00 Bolivian time this Tuesday in Humboldt County, according to the specialized site

“There is no electricity in the whole county. Do not call 911 unless you have an immediate emergency,” the Humboldt Office of Emergency Services said on Twitter.

The USGS reported about a dozen small aftershocks in the area.which is located about 400 km northwest of San Francisco.

A road collapsed, blocking access to the town of Fernbridge, Dania Romero, a reporter for the KAEF television channel, tweeted.

Photos and videos posted on social media showed broken windows, items dropped in homes and a supermarket aisle littered with spilled produce.

Debris was also reported along a central route from Humboldt County to central California. and small rock slides.

California is regularly shaken by earthquakes and experts warn of the possibility of an earthquake capable of causing widespread destruction in the next 30 years.

In 1994, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Northridge, northwest of Los Angeles, It left at least 60 people dead and caused an estimated $10 billion in damage. Another 6.9 earthquake in San Francisco in 1989 claimed the lives of 67 people.

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