A 6.9-magnitude earthquake 50 miles off the coast of Eureka rattled hundreds of North Coast residents at 10:18 p.m. Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
No tsunami warning was issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
At least 10 aftershocks clustered off the coast of Ferndale and ranging from 2.7- to 4.6-magnitude followed the larger quake within two hours.
As of around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Humboldt County Sheriff's Office's Office of Emergency Services Coordinator Dan Larkin said that there was “no report of damage.”
Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills said he has received similar information.
”I've heard just what everyone else has,” Mills said. “6.9 off the coast. No damage.”
Sheriff's Office Lt. Steve Knight also said no damage has been reported, either through phone calls or by patrolling deputies.
”We had some alarms go off and other than that we dodged a bullet,” Knight said. “This very easily could have been a catastrophe that could have caused a lot of damage.”
Commenters on the Times-Standard's Facebook page described the quake as long and rolling throughout the North Coast, but no one reported significant damage.
”We had a single shot glass fall out of the cupboard and break,” wrote Jessica McDonald of Eureka.
”Cat kinda freaked and a couple things fell off the wall, but nothing huge,” wrote Diana Harralson of Rio Dell.
Knight said that the quake is also a reminder to be prepared for future incidents.
”The community needs to be reminded this happens up here and that it's important that you keep your three-day supply of water,” Knight said.