Magnitude 6 Earthquake Hits Off California Coast!
The earthquake, which struck at 9:52 p.m., was about 643 miles west-northwest of Eureka, California, and about 2,300 miles from Honolulu, Hawaii, according to the USGS. The quake was at a depth of about 6.2 miles.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, magnitude measures the energy generated at the earthquake’s epicenter. The original Richter scale is now obsolete. According to Michigan Tech, earthquakes with a magnitude of 2.5 to 5.4 are frequently felt but infrequently cause significant damage. Most people rarely feel earthquakes that are smaller than magnitude 2.5.
No Damage Reported Yet In The Earthquake!
The National Weather Service Bay Area office tweeted that the earthquake was too minor and too far away to cause a tsunami. Only ten additional earthquakes have been detected in the north Pacific Ocean off Southern California’s coast since 1900. None have been more than 500 miles off the coast or larger than 5.0 magnitude, according to the USGS.
Since the earthquake occurred in the middle of a huge plate rather than close to or along tectonic plate borders, it is described as an intraplate earthquake, according to Hough. Even though intraplate earthquakes occasionally happen, most earthquakes happen along plate boundaries, such as along the San Andreas fault in California.
Hough claimed that this offshore earthquake was too far away and didn’t shift the seafloor in the way certain offshore earthquakes can, depending on their proximity to communities or capacity to cause a tsunami. Few Californians reported mild shaking to the USGS around the time of the earthquake, according to Hough. Still, it is difficult to determine whether that was a direct effect of the oceanic quake. She described the earthquake as not that big a deal, adding that she anticipates it will lead to additional research into intraplate seismic activity and any potential aftereffects.
If you live in California, you know earthquakes are a part of life. The state is home to the infamous San Andreas Fault, responsible for some of the most destructive earthquakes in history.
While most earthquakes are relatively small and cause little or no damage, the potential for a major earthquake is always present. That’s why it’s important to be prepared for an earthquake, know what to do during and after, and understand the risks involved.
Here Are Some Things You Should Know About Earthquakes In California:
• Earthquakes happen when two plates of the earth’s crust move past each other. The San Andreas Fault is a plate boundary, meaning the line between two plates.
• The San Andreas Fault is responsible for some of the most destructive earthquakes in history, including the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
• California is home to about 10,000 earthquakes each year, but most of them are too small to be felt.
• Earthquakes can happen at any time of day or night and without warning.
• If you’re inside when an earthquake happens, drop to the ground, take cover under a sturdy table or desk, and hold on until the shaking stops.
• If you are out, find a spot away from trees, buildings, and power lines.
• After an earthquake, it is essential to check for injuries and damage. If there is damage, don’t try to fix it yourself. Wait for trained professionals to assess the situation.
• Earthquakes can cause fires, so be sure to have a fire extinguisher handy.
• It is also essential to plan what to do after an earthquake. This should include where to meet up with family or roommates, how to communicate with loved ones, and where to find information about the earthquake.
Being prepared for an earthquake can help reduce the damage caused by one. By understanding the risks and knowing what to do, you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
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