Monday, May 29, 2023

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Sleeping Denizens of the North Coast

The epicenter of last night’s quake 7.45 miles off of Petrolia

Late last night at approximately 11: 46 a 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck the waters off of Humboldt County’s Petrolia, California.

As per information from the United State Geological Society, the earthquake occurred 7.45 miles from Petrolia.

The Richter Scale defines earthquakes between 5.0-5.9 as “moderate” causing no or little damange to buildings.

The United States Geological Survey curates a citizen scientist driven data horde they call the”Felt Report” in which individuals contribute to whether they felt any effect from the earthquake. According to the data collected, residents from Eureka, Fortuna, Garberville, Laytonville, Redway, Ukiah, Fort Bragg, and even as far as Redding, Chico and Sacramento claim to have felt the quake.

The National Weather Service Tsunami Alerts assured North Coast residents that a tsunami was “not expected” as a result of the quake in a tweet.

The earthquake occurred near the confluence of two significant fault lines known as the Mendocino Fault Zone and the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

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