On Tuesday morning, a powerful earthquake of 6.4 magnitudes rocked Humbolt County in northern California. According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, two people were reported dead and 11 others were injured.
According to PG&E.gov., more than 70,000 people are without power. Newsom activated the Level One Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Cal OES disaster response. Level One activation refers to “the initial activation in any major emergency requiring extreme state level help”. It “involves the complete activation of all organizational elements at full-staffing and all Emergency Support Functions.”
UPDATE: A 6.4 magnitude #earthquake near the Northern California coast early this morning has knocked out power to nearly 70,000 customers across Humboldt County, according to PG&E. https://t.co/Xifd76xfgj
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) December 20, 2022
NBC reported that the initial 6.4 magnitude earthquake was followed up by “dozens” of aftershocks. Officials advise residents to inspect their homes and businesses for any damage, such as damage to gas lines. Residents are advised to remain vigilant as strong aftershocks or landslides could occur in the next few hours. Even though Tuesday’s earthquake epicenter was many miles away, no tsunami warnings or reports were made.
At least two injuries were reported and 70,000 customers are without power after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rattled Humboldt County.
— NBC 7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) December 20, 2022
Caltrans engineers and incident response teams inspected hundreds upon hundreds of bridges and major structures in northern California on Tuesday morning to ensure motorist safety. Although most roads remain open, the Ferndale bridge and main road were closed due to safety concerns and seismic damage. You can find the most current information about road conditions and closures here.
FERNBRIDGE EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE: Damage to Fernbridge following the 6.2 magnitude #earthquake in Humboldt County. Main road to Ferndale currently closed off by CalTrans as crews inspect for additional damage. pic.twitter.com/4BPOSvZrN9
— Austin Castro (@AustinCastroTV) December 20, 2022
Route 211 remains closed at Fernbridge in Humboldt County following an earthquake. We’re inspecting the bridge and will update with more info as soon as possible. All other state roadways in the district are open currently. Check https://t.co/faudYObfTh for road conditions. pic.twitter.com/X1r5x2ooIQ
— Caltrans District 1 (@CaltransDist1) December 20, 2022
The Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services couldn’t stream a Tuesday afternoon press conference “due to limited connectivity with cellular services after the earthquake.” However, the press conference will be uploaded as soon as possible.
Keep checking back for more updates because this is an ongoing story.