An earthquake killed in California on Tuesday. At least two people have died in the northern part of the state after a powerful earthquake off the US coast caused landslides and knocked out power to tens of thousands of people.
With a magnitude of 6.4, it occurred overnight, about 40 kilometers southwest of the port city of Eureka, in Humboldt County, according to the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS). In this area, more than a four-hour drive from San Francisco, “two people died from medical emergencies that occurred during and/or immediately after the earthquake,” the county said. Eleven people were also injured.
Many homes and businesses without power
The tremor also caused significant property damage, and more than 74,000 homes and businesses remained without electricity by midday, according to specialist website PowerOutage. “Damage assessment is ongoing,” but the earthquake has already caused “significant damage,” including gas and water lines in the area, the local sheriff’s office said.
The quake snapped a road leading to the small town of Fernbridge, according to images posted on Twitter by Dania Romero, a local KAEF TV reporter. Several photos and videos on social media also show house windows broken, objects knocked over by the tremors and a supermarket shelf full of products falling from the shelves. Rockfalls and small rockfalls also occurred along a highway that connects Humboldt County to central California.