Massive Quake Hits California

As a result of a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that shook northern California’s coast early Tuesday morning, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office warned that “widespread damage has been reported to roads and homes” throughout the county.

“Humboldt County has suffered widespread damage as a result of a large earthquake. Check gas and water lines for damages or leaks. Use caution when traveling,” the sheriff’s office tweeted.

U.S. Geological Survey preliminary information indicated that the 2:34 a.m. PT tremor was centered about 7.5 miles southwest of Ferndale, roughly 300 miles from San Francisco.

Some people reported hearing their Shake Alert on their phones when items fell over in dark homes.

According to the sheriff’s office, there is no tsunami expected, and the power is “out across the county.”

There were more than 72,000 power outages reported on PowerOutage.US.

911 should only be called in the event of an “immediate emergency.”

Following the earthquake, state senator Mike McGuire tweeted that safety evaluations would be conducted, and “aftershocks continue.”

“PG&E is mobilizing crews to conduct assessments and respond to infrastructure needs following the Humboldt earthquake,” he said.