Magnitude of 6.5 Earthquake Hits Off Northern California

Casey Mills
December 10, 2016

The quake hit at 6:50 a.m. Thursday about 100 miles west of Ferndale, California. The magnitude 5.0 quake was about 108 miles just west of Ferndale.

The area experienced a magnitude 7.2 quake in 1992 that left 95 people injured and caused millions of dollars in damage, according to the USGS.

There was no tsunami warning, advisory or threat in effect following the natural disaster, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center of the National Weather Service said on its website.

The first quake was followed, about an hour and a half later, by another in the same area.

The Solomon Islands are located in the Pacific's geologically active "Ring of Fire". Resident Susie Aste said smaller quakes had shaken the city earlier in the week, but that "those were 2 sharp jolts".

A 6.5-magnitude natural disaster struck the Pacific Ocean about 100 miles off the Northern California coast Thursday morning, the US Geological Survey reports.

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"It kind of felt like a rolling than a jerking", he said.

Dennis Gorton, who owns the Francis Creek Inn in Ferndale, said there was no damage and none of the guests panicked. "Nothing was thrown off the shelves or anything like that".

In the San Francisco Bay area, about 250 miles south of Ferndale, the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency said on Twitter it was running its system with a 10-minute delay and with trains traveling at reduced speeds due to the quake.

The quake was felt from southern OR south into the Bay Area.

The USGS initially put the magnitude at 6.8.

According to USGS mapping, the temblor, while strong, did not produce violent shaking on land.

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