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6.5 earthquake reported off of Eureka, Calif. [Updated]

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An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.5 occurred about 25 miles southwest of Eureka, Calif., at 4:27 p.m.

Preliminary reports indicate the earthquake, along the Russ fault, was felt as far away as San Francisco.

[Updated: 5 p.m.: Sandra Hall, owner of Antiques and Goodies in Eureka, said the quake moved her shop in all directions.

Her store is now littered with broken lamps, dishes, and wardrobe items. She said there were at least four people in her store when the quake struck.  A couple managed to run out of the store’s main entrance, while two women took cover under a table.   

“We’ve been through a lot of earthquakes but I can’t recall there ever being any this bad,” Hall said.]

[Updated, 5:06 p.m.: A tsunami is not expected, according to the National Weather Service. Power is out in at least one neighborhood in the Eureka area, a resident said. Two aftershocks have been detected, magnitude 3.8 and 3.7.]

-- Ruben Vives, Geoffrey Mohan and Rong-Gong Lin II

Map: USGS

 
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The phone went out for 5 minutes afterwards here in Crescent City, Ca and the neighbors were outside and said they saw the road moving.

a second after the earthquake happend I texted a friend Grants Pass and one minute later it hit there too!

LA will have it's soon enough. It's inevitable.

Pretty good quake - reminded me way too much of Northridge.

I felt the earthquake all the way up here in Oregon. I live about 40 minutes north of the California border along the coast, about twenty minutes north of Brookings, OR.

I was in a target store with my 3 boys when it hit -- movement in all directions for 30 seconds or more. Lots of goods scattered about, but no injuries.

Sirens still sounding in town (Eureka) an hour after the main quake. Three aftershocks since then of about 3.5 each.

I live on the East side of Eureka. When the quake started it pitched and rolled predictably for what seemed like about 8-10 seconds. Then it came with a violent slam, as if the house had been picked up 4 inches and dropped back down. This lasted maybe only 2-3 seconds with final rolling sensation of maybe 15 more seconds. Of course this is only how it felt. Two aquariums shook their water to the point of slopping out and onto the floor. Many dishes in the buffet cabinet had knocked over. None broke, surprisingly? Most every picture is crooked, a large heavy mirror broke loose from one-of-three wall anchors. A light weight 3-shelf unit fell over onto and gouging the kitchen floor. 40" Sony almost walked off of a high furniture closet top. Yet, loosely stacked CD's in jewel cases, 30 and 50 high stayed perfectly in place.

I was in ferndale when the earthquake hit happened. my parents were outside with the dogs and i was just sitting down. when it first hit i wasnt too worried about it we get 3s and 4s all the time but after 3 or 4 seconds i stood up (it was hard) and ran the doorway. the shaking lasted for about 30 to 40 seconds and i was almost crushed by a bookshelf...after the shaking stopped my parents rushed back inside and we inspected the house- the power was out for a little while, dinner all over the floor, books flung everywhere, pictures and paintings tilted, some glasses broken, all funiture about 6 inches to 1 foot from their normal stance.when we went uptown the inspect the damage there, broken glass EVERYWHERE appliences flung about inside and outside the stores, people were putting up massive sheets of plywood over shattered windows,the fire alarm went off several times after the earthquake and then again after the aftershocks. even now i'm still shaky. i'm just glad that everyone's okay. (atleast now there will be something exciting to talk about at school)

I lived in Eureka from 1957 to 1980 and this type of earthquake is pretty normal for the area. Like most of the California coastline, the Humboldt Bay area is vulnerable to earthquakes but unlike most of the coastline from San Fran and further south, most of the urban stractures built in this area are at most five to six story buildings and those are the ones made of stone and steel. Most homes and many business are built of wood and brick and so have a lot of give and take to the structures. For an earthquake to produce the type of damage that occured in the Northridge Earthquake, you would probably need an earthquake of around 7.0 to 7.2. Since magnitude increases are multiple increases instead of numerial increases, you would see extensive damage to homes, streets, power grid and a chance for a tsunami. For example the Alaska Earthquake of... I think 1964 was 7.2 and in area similar to what you would find in Humboldt Bay, so the damage there could be related to what a 7.2 earthquake would do in Eureka and the surrounding area. Of course if this earthquake was closer to Eureka and on land instead of off-shore, the damage would have been greater.

Most jurisdictions in California routinely use Gestapo tactics against anyone who constructs a building or modifies one without a permit but they fail to use their Gestapo powers to prevent dangerous and unsafe development often right on top of an earthquake fault zone or in dry fire prone areas or mud slide areas where the soil is not suitable for development. All they care about is money, not public safety. The public safety is a big lie in California only to be used by lawyers if their laws are challenged in court.
California is long overdue for the "big one". California is also bankrupt and the governor is currently requesting more dinero (this means money) from the rest of the country to bail them out again, although they already get many billions of federal dollars unfairly and improperly. When the big one happens the Robin Hood Communists in California will want even more money from the rest of us to bail them out of their decadent and hypocritical "good life" at the expense of others. It is time for California to face up to its own failures and pay the costs of their foolishness. Most develpment there should be banned by the federal government in the interest of public safety and health and welfare.


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