A large earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 jolted the Northern California coastline near Eureka on Tuesday morning, causing violent shaking that pushed some homes from their foundations and power outages affecting tens of thousands of people.
The earthquake occurred around 2:34 a.m. on Tuesday with the epicenter reported to be just offshore of Humboldt County — sending shockwaves that were felt as far away as Redding to the east and the Bay Area to the south. The hardest hit area appeared to be around the town of Rio Dell, though damage was reported in several surrounding towns, including in Fortuna and Eureka, state and local officials said late Tuesday morning.
Two people, a 72-year-old and an 83-year-old, died “as a result of medical emergencies occurring during and/or just following the earthquake,” the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office announced around midday Tuesday. No further details were released about where those people died, or the circumstances of their deaths.
The sheriff’s office also said 11 people had been injured, with one person suffering a broken hip from a fall and another sustaining a head injury, though the severity of others’ injuries was not immediately clear. State officials said earlier Tuesday that many injuries appeared to be minor and moderate across the quake zone.
It’s an area that’s prone to powerful quakes, having experienced about 40 temblors of magnitude 6 to 7 over the last century, said Cynthia Pridmore of the California Earthquake Authority.
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