A magnitude 6.2 earthquake was reported off Eureka in northern California.
The earthquake struck at around 12:10 a.m. local time at a depth of 5.8 miles, and it has been confirmed by the National Weather Service that a tsunami is not expected after the quake.
“No tsunami is the main message we send,” Alex Dodd, chief meteorologist at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Agency based in Eureka, told Fox26 News. “The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska is always monitoring these things closely, and they immediately reported that this was a non-tsunami earthquake, so it there is nothing to worry about there. “
The tremors triggered a few small landslides and some households reported minor damage, mostly from falling objects, he added.
“Fortunately, that was roughly the extent of the problem,” Mr. Dodd said.
But the earthquake is not quite over yet.
“There are many small aftershocks being recorded,” the Humboldt County Emergency Services Office said Monday.
The quake was felt in coastal communities across the region, such as the town of Ferndale, where food teetered from the shelves at the Valley Grocery store.
“Valley Grocery moments after the earthquake,” local reporter Caroline Titus said, posting a photo on Twitter of the damage. “The owner said ten volunteers showed up and helped with the cleanup. Store now open again.
Geologists at the California Geological Survey in San Francisco, nearly 300 miles to the south, also said they felt the quake.
Experts noted that the quake was not particularly strong or unique to an area notable for its seismic activity.
“The quake off Ni in Cal today was in another area with a lot of earthquakes,” University of Washington professor Harold Tobin said on Twitter on Monday, sharing a map showing many similar events that have taken place off the coast over the past three decades. “AT [magnitude] 6.2 it was big enough to shake people up, but not very rare. Here is a USGS map of all [magnitude] 4.5+ there since 1990 (orange dot is today’s). It is the 5th largest in 32 years there.
The US Geological Survey is asking those who felt the earthquake to voluntarily provide data on where and how they experienced it on the agency’s website.