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A magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck in the Pacific off the Northern California coast Sunday night and rattled a widespread area, but there were no reports of injuries or significant damage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
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The temblor was recorded at 10:18 p.m. about 50 miles west of the city of Eureka, the USGS said. The quake was followed by several aftershocks, including one that measured magnitude-4.6, that continued into Monday morning.
A tsunami was not expected for North America’s West Coast, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center. The agency did not issue a tsunami watch, warning or advisory.
The Eureka Police Department and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said there were no reports of damage or injuries.
Eureka police said the initial shaking was felt for about 20 to 30 seconds.
“This lasted longer than any earthquake I’ve ever felt,” Raquel Maytorena, 52, who lives about a mile from the coast in Ferndale near Eureka, told the Los Angeles Times. “It just kept going and going, very slowly and softly. It was not violent. It almost felt like you were in a boat that was rocking.”
There was a 90 percent chance that a “strong and possibly damaging” magnitude 5.0 or larger aftershock would strike in the next seven days, according to the Northern California Earthquake Data Center.
Jana Pursley, a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center, said that based on the area’s tectonics and past temblors, damages or casualties were unlikely.
Earthquakes are very common in Eureka, a city of about 27,000 people about 270 miles northwest of San Francisco and 100 miles south of the Oregon state line. Nearby Arcata is home to about 17,000 people and Humboldt State University.
Santa Clarita residents concerned about an earthquake or other crisis hitting close to home can learn how to prepare for an emergency with this year’s KHTS Emergency Expo.
The event is part of the fifth annual KHTS AM-1220 Santa Clarita Home and Garden Show, a free two-day event scheduled for March 29 and 30, and features more than 60 exhibitors with products, services and information on emergency preparedness.
“The KHTS Emergency Expo is a wake-up call and a reminder for everyone so that they can go through their checklist and make sure they have the right supplies and the right plans for dealing with the next emergency we have here in Santa Clarita,” said Carl Goldman, co-owner of KHTS. “The day is going to come when we have another disaster. The more prepared we are for a disaster, the better we’re going to be in dealing with it and also with our recovery.”
The KHTS Emergency Expo is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. March 29 at the Hyatt Valencia parking lot, located at 24500 Town Center Drive in Valencia.
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Source: Santa Clarita News