8-magnitude quake off the coast of California

Casey Mills
December 14, 2016

A magnitude 6.5 quake struck off the Northern California coast early Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter of the quake, which hit at 6:49 am, was located 97 miles (157 kilometers) west of Ferndale, California at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers), USGS said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no tsunami threat. The USGS initially reported the quake had a magnitude of 6.8. Shaking from the natural disaster was reported in both cities, with additional tremors felt in multiple seaside communities along the California coast.

There were no reports of any injuries or damage.

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Visitors to the USGS website from Humboldt County reported light shaking. He said he felt the temblor for about 15 seconds.

An aftershock measuring 4.9 rattled the area some 90 minutes after the quake, the USGS reported. As chance would have it, it's a small city, with just over 1,300 residents and Ferndale's police chief happened to be having breakfast at the Ferndale Pie Company. She didn't see any damage, but said says felt a "big jolt". The move was precautionary, CNN affiliate KGO reported.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center of the National Weather Service, there was no tsunami warning in relation to the quake.

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