UPDATE: 6.4 magnitude earthquake leaves Californian town ‘a total mess’ with two dead

POWERFUL magnitude 6.8 earthquake rocks Argentina

A huge 6.4 magnitude earthquake has killed two people and left a northern Californian town in turmoil.


UPDATE: Wednesday, December 21 at 2:46am

Two people died after an earthquake hit a northern Californian town on Tuesday, December 20. According to abcnews.go.com, the deceased were a 72-year-old and an 83-year-old from Humboldt County.

Officials said they died as “a result of medical emergencies occurring during and/or just following the earthquake”. Another 12 residents suffered injuries but this number was expected to rise.

William Honsal, the Humboldt County Sheriff, said that the town of Rio Dell was without water or electricity on Tuesday. The huge quake ruptured a main water supply pipe and rocked properties off their foundations he added, leaving the town a ‘total mess’.

Tuesday, December 20 at 8:37pm

A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern California in the early hours of Tuesday, December 20. At least two people were injured in the Humboldt County town of Ferndale, while tens of thousands of residents and businesses were left without electricity.

The quake hit at around 02:34 local time with its epicentre located just off the Californian coast. It occurred at a depth of about 10 miles (16km). According to the US Geological Survey, the region suffered more than a dozen smaller tremors shortly after.

Considerable damage was caused to properties and roads with numerous gas leaks being reported as a result. Power lines were brought down, leaving many without power. A bridge over the Eel River in Ferndale had developed cracks said the California highway patrol.

One homeowner, Caroline Titus, took to Twitter @caroline95536, where she wrote: “That was a big one. Power is now out in #ferndaleca. House is a mess. #earthquake”.

The sheriff’s office reported numerous injuries including one person who broke their hip. According to the tracking website poweroutageus.com, more than 72,000 homes and businesses have been affected by power outages.


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