Curry County residents feel quake

By The Curry Coastal Pilot March 10, 2014 09:33 am
EUREKA (AP) — A number of Curry County residents reported feeling a powerful magnitude-6.9 earthquake that struck late Sunday night off the coast of Eureka, Calif., about 110 miles south of Brookings. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage and no danger of a tsunami along the West Coast, officials said.

The temblor struck at 10:18 p.m. PDT and was centered 50 miles west of Eureka and about four miles beneath the Pacific seabed, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was followed by about a half-dozen aftershocks, including one of magnitude 4.6.

There were no reports of any damages or injuries though the quake was felt widely and strongly, according sheriff's and fire officials in Humboldt County, which includes most of the populated areas near the epicenter.

The National Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami danger for the region.

More than 1,000 people reported on the USGS website that they felt the quake. Many reported a long, rolling shake that some said woke children or knocked items off shelves. Some of those respondents live across the border in Oregon. The Pilot has received anecdotal reports from residents of a long, rolling shake and swaying of light fixtures. No injuries or damage was reported.

Jana Pursley, a geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center, said that based on the area's tectonics and past temblors, damages or casualties were unlikely.