8 magnitude 'quake strikes off Northern California coast - USGS

Casey Mills
December 10, 2016

A 6.5-magnitude quake rocked Northern California coast on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There were also no reports of damage in nearby communities, such as Fortuna, Police Lt. Matthew Eberhardt confirmed, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The natural disaster, recorded at 6:50 a.m., was centered about 100 miles west of Ferndale, according to the United States Geological Survey. The area witnessed a 6.5 magnitude quake in January 2010 causing a $34 m of loss of properties in and around the nearby city of Eureka.

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Perhaps local dairyman Dennis Leonardi summed up the quake best in an interview with the Ferndale Enterprise.

Later in the day, however, the National Weather Service said the tsunami advisories were canceled. The natural disaster on Thursday was the largest off the U.S. West Cost since 2014, said USGS seismologist Annemarie Baltay.

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The San Andreas Fault extends roughly 800 miles through California.

Light shaking was felt as far south as San Francisco.

It "came like a rolling heavy wave", the Enterprise quoted Ferndale Chamber of Commerce President Karen Pingitore saying. "Pretty big long roller". A few occupants said they were shaken from their rest.

It occurred in a region of three restless plates, rigid blocks of the earth's crust floating on the molten mantle of the earth. It sits along the Mendocino Triple Junction, where the Pacific, North American and Juan de Fuca tectonic plates meet. Thus a reading of 6.5 reflects an quake 10 times stronger than one of 5.5.

Zoloveke said based on reports received by two-way radio, Friday's quake caused significant damage and forced people from homes in the town of Kirakira on Makira Island, about 200 km from the Pacific Island nation's capital of Honiara.

Magnitudes between 7.6 and 7.8Earthquakes of this size may produce destructive tsunamis especially near the epicenter; at greater distances small sea level changes may be observed.

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