Strong earthquake in the greater Eureka area, California, USA – NO damage so far

Last update: February 14, 2012 at 12:16 am by By

Earthquake overview : A strong earthquake occurred near Redwood National park in California. Distance from the epicenter until Eureka approx. 50 km
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Epicenter landscape - Panoramio image courtesy Wesuk79

Update 22:50 UTC : The Cal Fire reports that “No damage has been reported to CAL FIRE stations.” (Cal Fire = California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection).

Update 22:42 UTCPolice is currently making assessments in the more remote locations of the direct epicenter area to find out if damage would have been inflicted (even minor).

Update 22:14 UTC :  As of 1:25 p.m. the Eureka Police Department had no reports of damage. The temblor was widely felt and that the shaking lasted 30 to 45 seconds.

Update 22:04 UTC :  The area has experienced a massive M 7.3 earthquake on November 8, 1980. 16000 people have been shaken up to a IX MMI, but luckily nobody was killed.

Update 21:59 UTC :  The earthquake has been felt until Sacramento, CA and also in Southern Oregon.

Update 21:59 UTC :  The magnitude has been updated by USGS to Mw 5.6 at a depth of 32.9 km.

Update 21:51 UTCEureka (26,000 people) and Arcata (17,000 people) are the most populated cities in this mainly sparsely populated area. Eureka and Arcata have experienced a light MMI IV shaking. McKinleyville has a population of 15,000 and has also experienced a light shaking.

Update 21:49 UTC :  15 people will have experienced a strong shaking, 4,000 people a moderate shaking and 102,000 people a light shaking.

Update 21:41 UTC :  The depth of the hypocenter will lead to a weak shaking in a very vast area


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“I Have Felt It” reports as received by Earthquake-Report.com
California : moderate shaking but strong heaves
Crescent City : Felt like someone was underneath my chair and moving it. Could see computer router visibly shaking.
Mckinleyville, Ca : The quake co-occurred with a strong wind; I live right by the ocean (related?).  I thought the house was going to literally blow over
Fortuna, Ca : Lasted about 5 seconds..
Arcata, Ca : I was a in class at Humboldt State of about 150 students; everyone got out of their seats in a sort of panic. It was very distracting. Class resumed after about 3-4 minutes. Earthquake was felt for about 5-6 seconds.


Image shaking map courtesy USGS

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 5.4
UTC Time : Monday, February 13, 2012 at 21:07:02 UTC
Local time at epicenter :  Monday, February 13, 2012 at 01:07:02 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 32.9 km
Geo-location(s) :
10 km (6 miles) WSW (247°) from Weitchpec, CA
28 km (17 miles) ENE (63°) from Westhaven-Moonstone, CA
29 km (18 miles) ENE (70°) from Trinidad, CA
50 km (31 miles) NE (36°) from Eureka, CA

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