After the 6.4 earthquake that hit Northern California Tuesday morning, residents shared their images and videos of the damage.
Thankfully, it doesn’t look like anyone’s going to need Dwayne Johnson‘s assistance just yet, but that doesn’t mean the Northern California residents who got hit by a 6.4 earthquake Tuesday morning got away unscathed. The quake’s victims have taken to social media to share shots of the damage. From business owners to private citizens, the Californians just now cleaning up — many of whom are still without power — post images of the aftermath.
According to CNN, the 6.4 magnitude earthquake slammed the Eureka region of Northern California Tuesday morning at 2:34 AM PT. As of the latest reports, there have thankfully been no fatalities, but there have been reports of two injuries. The quake has also left tens of thousands of residents without any electrical power.
Along with damaging homes and businesses, the earthquake also damaged one of the most prominent landmarks in California’s Humboldt County. A number of local news stations reported damage to Fernbridge — a 1,320-foot-long concrete archway bridge that opened to travelers over a century ago, in 1911. Currently closed while the damage is being assessed, Fernbridge remains the longest poured-concrete bridge in the world that is still in operation.
CNN reports that the earthquake’s epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, not far from Fortuna, California. Close to 40 smaller quakes erupted after the main one, some reaching magnitudes as high as 4.6. By 7:15 AM PT, over 71,000 outages in Humboldt County had been reported.
While things seem quiet now, with the damage still being assessed, at least some are concerned that this could be the prelude to something worse. Back in October, Newsweek reported that the San Andreas Fault was “long overdue” for a major earthquake. The earthquake fracture zone from Tuesday is not along the San Andreas Fault, but the non-profit Cascadia Dept. of Bioregion reports that the zone is located on the Mendocino Triple Junction, where three major tectonic plates meet.
Tuesday’s earthquake may feel, to some Californians, almost like a bizarre anniversary celebration. It hit the state a year, to the day, after a 6.2 quake struck close to Cape Mendocino, which is also in Humboldt County. The earlier quake hit on December 20, 2021, and the coincidence was apparently enough to actually confuse some social media users who were accidentally posting images from the previous quake; believing they were from this one.
Hopefully, we’ve seen the worst of today’s damage. Residents of the Northern California region impacted by the earthquake are being warned to prepare for aftershocks. Authorities are also advising residents to do what they can to check any gas and water lines for leaks.