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Strong earthquake of 6.4 magnitude jolts Northern California; 2 Dead and thousands without power

The magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck at a depth of 16 kilometers near Ferndale, US, about 210 miles northwest of San Francisco and about 10 miles off the Pacific coast.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Washington: Earthquake tremors have been felt in Northern California. The intensity of the earthquake has been measured at 6.4 on the Richter scale. The powerful earthquake was very strong on the northern coast of California, causing more damage there. According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, at least 11 people have been reported injured, while 2 others have died. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurred at 2:34 AM.

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According to sources, the earthquake occurred near Ferndale, a rural area in northern California, about 345 km northwest of San Francisco and close to the Pacific coast.

Due to this earthquake on Tuesday, there has been heavy damage to houses, roads, electricity and water facilities. Thousands of people were forced to live without electricity. About 79,000 homes in Ferndale and surrounding Humboldt County were without power immediately after the quake, according to the electric grid tracking website PowerOutage.us. There was extensive damage to roads and homes in the surrounding Humboldt County.

According to the report, about 3 million people live in Northern California. Local people told that ‘the intensity of the earthquake was really strong.’ It is good that people got the information of its alert on their cellphones, so that they came out safely. Tremors of magnitude 6.4 are potentially dangerous, enough to bring down a building.

Ferndale resident Caroline Titus tweeted a video of broken furniture and broken dishes in her darkened home. “Our house is a 140 year old Victorian. The north-south movement is very clear in what fell,” he tweeted. “That was a big deal,”

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The quake came just days after a 3.6-magnitude earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday, which woke thousands before 4 a.m. That quake was centered in El Cerrito, about 16 miles (25 kilometers) from downtown San Francisco.

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