Tuesday, 21 May 2024

REGIONAL: 5.9 earthquake hits off the coast of Humboldt County

NORTH COAST – Nearly a month after a 6.5 earthquake hit off the Humboldt County coast and caused millions of dollars in damages, another large temblor rocked the area on Thursday.

The 5.9-magnitude earthquake occurred at 12:20 p.m. Thursday 35 miles west northwest of Petrolia and 36 miles west southwest of Ferndale at a depth of 7 miles, according to the US Geological Survey.

The location of Thursday's quake was about 9 miles farther out into the ocean than the 6.5 quake that occurred on Jan. 9, based on US Geological Survey records.

The National Weather Service's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning as a result of the earthquake.

The US Geological Survey received more than 3,000 responses from people in nearly 300 zip codes who reported feeling the quake.

Reports came from around California, as well as Oregon, Washington, Utah and even British Columbia.

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