Humboldt County residents awoke to a magnitude 6.4 earthquake Tuesday morning, injuring at least two people and causing widespread damage throughout the region. Widespread damage to roads and homes have been reported and there are currently tens of thousands of people without power.
The earthquake struck at 2:34 am approximately 15 miles into the Pacific Ocean from Fortuna. The aftermath saw approximately three dozen smaller quakes continue to rock the area in the hours following.
With officials still attempting to assess the damage, more than 71,000 people were without power as of 8 am Tuesday morning. The damage is still being assessed.
“Widespread damages to roads and homes” were being reported throughout Humboldt County, the county sheriff’s office said Tuesday morning on Twitter. At least two people were injured, the sheriff’s office said.
Caroline Titus of Ferndale shared of video of the aftermath saying “this was a big one.”
We will continue to report on this event as more information is made available.