6.5 magnitude earthquake hits off northern California coast – USGS
MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – A magnitude 6.5 earthquake occurred off the northern coast of California on Thursday, December 8.
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake struck at 6:49 am, occurring approximately 160 kilometers west of Ferndale, California at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no Pacific-wide tsunami threat was expected from the event, and there was no specific threat to Hawaii.
Residents of the area reported feeling the tremor.
"It started rolling and I could feel it," Pam Cahill, a retired teacher who lives three miles north of Eureka, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "I had time to jump out of bed and crouch down and call the dog before it stopped."
An aftershock measuring 4.9 rattled the area some 90 minutes after the quake, the USGS reported. – with reports from the Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com