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Northern CA 6.5 Earthquake Jan.9,2010

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by rexy2006, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. rexy2006

    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

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    6.5 quake hits off northern California coast

    Antiques tumble, power goes out during temblor centered in ocean
    NBC News and news services
    updated 6:27 p.m. PT, Sat., Jan. 9, 2010

    WASHINGTON - A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California Saturday afternoon, shaking buildings south of the Oregon border and knocking out power in several coastal communities.
    The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at about 4:27 p.m.PT about 27 miles from Eureka, a city of about 26,000.

    The state's warning center had received no reports of injuries or major damage, California Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Lori Newquist said.

    The earthquake knocked out the power in Arcata, a small town that's home to Humboldt State University, and one resident said many people had objects knocked off walls and televisions tumble.

    "It was huge — one of the biggest earthquakes we've had up here in 20 years," said Judd Starks, the kitchen manager at a bar and restaurant known as The Alibi. "The whole town is kind of freaked out right now. All the power is out, people are out walking around."

    Sandra Hall, owner of Antiques and Goodies in Eureka, said furniture fell over, nearly all her lamps broke and the handful of customers in her store got a big scare. She said it was the most dramatic quake in the 30 years the store has been open.

    "It was shaking for a very long time," Hall said.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there was no threat of the quake generating a tsunami.

    The quake was felt as far south as Capitola in central California, and as far north as Roseburg in central Oregon, USGS geophysicist Richard Buckmaster said.

    Police in Ferndale told NBC News that there were reports of gas leaks and items falling. Ferndale, a town of about 1,400 people, is 265 miles north of San Francisco and 12 miles south of Eureka, Calif.

    Dan Bowermaster of San Francisco was with relatives in Eureka when the quake hit. He said he had been in several moderate and large quakes throughout California but had never felt anything as big or dramatic as this one.

    "It just spiraled bigger and bigger," Bowermaster said by phone. "It was extremely unsettling, it was shaking in kind of a circular way."

    Bowermaster said the refrigerator in his cousins' home moved 3 or 4 feet, and glassware fell of the shelves and broke. He drove across town shortly after the quake and saw many store windows destroyed.

    Five aftershocks followed in the 90 minutes after the quake, the biggest registering at a magnitude of 3.8. The San Francisco Bay area was struck by two light earthquakes on Thursday and Friday.

    Hall said there was hardly any glassware left in her antiques store.
    "We'll be having a sale on broken china for those who like to do mosaics."

    NBC News contributed to this report from The Associated Press.
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  2. rexy2006

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    I hope boltdiehard, Kwak and all our other Bolt brothers and sisters in Northern California are safe and got no damage.

    Eureka is about 284 miles away from San Francisco...
     
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    Still trying to get in touch with Mr. Syd's grandpa, he lives alone in Arcata... :(
     
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    Wow, probably a problem because the power is out. I hope he is okay. I am praying and thinking positive thoughts...
     
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    Thx lady, it's much appreciated - He's probably fine, but still it worries us since he's so far away.

    Sending out some positive thoughts for our fellow Bolt Talkers up there too! A 6.5 is quite a shaker.
     
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    Here's a youtube video, supposedly of what the earthquake looked like, to someone videotaping someone when it hit:



    I've been around in enough of them, thank youvery much. The strongest Ive been in was the Northridge Quake of 1988 I believe.
     
  7. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

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    I didn't see this until now!

    Just posted something over at SMM about this.

    They were posting in our Wildcard GD thread so I think all is cool.
     

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