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6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Northern California


6.4 Strong earthquake strikes off Northern California

The USGS said about a dozen minor aftershocks were reported in the area. (Represent)

San Francisco:

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the northern California coast early Tuesday morning but there was no threat of a tsunami, seismologists said.

The relatively shallow quake struck 25 miles (40 km) southwest of the port city of Eureka, in Humboldt County, the United States Geological Survey said.

In a preliminary assessment, the USGS said the chance of casualties was low but some damage was possible.

The National Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami was unlikely.

Power supplies appear to have been affected, with nearly 60,000 customers without power in Humboldt County, according to poweroutage.us.

“County-wide power outage. Don’t call 911 unless you’re experiencing an immediate emergency,” the Humboldt Office of National Emergency Services tweeted.

The USGS said about a dozen minor aftershocks were reported in the area.

California is regularly rocked by earthquakes, and seismologists say an earthquake with the potential to cause widespread destruction will almost certainly hit the state in the next 30 years.

The 1994 magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Northridge, northwest of Los Angeles, killed at least 60 people and caused an estimated $10 billion in damage, while the 6.9 magnitude quake struck San Francisco in 1989 claimed the lives of 67 people.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from an aggregated feed.)

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