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6.5 quake shakes buildings on coast

January 10, 2010


— A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California on Saturday afternoon, shaking buildings, knocking out power in several coastal communities and leaving a trail of broken windows and dishes south of the Oregon border.

The powerful quake hit at about 6:27 p.m. CST about 22 miles from Ferndale, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Authorities in the nearby city of Eureka and other area communities said no major injuries have been reported. But several people received minor cuts and scrapes from broken glass at the Bayshore Mall in Eureka, and an elderly person fell and broke a hip, authorities said.

“We’re mostly getting reports of bumps, bruises and hits on the head,” said Laurie Watson Stone, a spokeswoman for St. Joseph Hospital, a 146-bed hospital in Eureka. “The emergency room is busy, but we haven’t heard of any major injuries.”

According to the USGS, the quake hit at a depth of nearly 10 miles. At least nine aftershocks of magnitude-3.0 or above followed in the hours after the quake, the biggest registering at 8:21 p.m. CST at a magnitude of 4.5.


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