6.8 Earthquake rocks North Coast; More than 20 aftershocks follow
HUMBOLDT COUNTY- A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the North Coast 50 miles off the coast from Eureka. The quake hit at 10:18 p.m. Sunday night and lasted 35 seconds.
"This earthquake was certainly large enough to cause a significant amount of damage, but mother nature put it just far enough off shore." said Lori Dengler, Professor of Geology at Humboldt State University.
Dengler said the earthquake's rapture hit south of the county which reduced its impact. Dengler said the plates moved in a horizontal motion, instead of a vertical motion, which causes tsunamis.
Since the tsunami hit there has been 24 aftershocks, and the number continues to increase.
The U.S. Geological Survey predicts that there is a 90% chance that the North Coast will experience another earthquake of around 5.0 magnitude, and Dengler said, a small chance that their could be a larger earthquake than the one Sunday night.
The jolt caused little to no damage, business owners have reported items falling off shelves with some items breaking. Law enforcement officials have reported no damage.
Security footage from The Fame Store in Eureka captured the earthquake. In the video you can see their store cat dart across the stream. Thommie Haskins, a manager at the store, said they had a few broken bottles and fallen over cans.
Dengler said an earthquake like Sundays can get people to start preparing for a larger one. "One of these days we will have another stronger earthquake closer to the coast that will cause considerable damage," she said.
The community should start practicing, Duck, Cover and Hold on, she said, and develop a plan with your family and coworkers. "People should realize that they live in earthquake country," she said.