The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit near the Pacific coast of Northern California.
The agency says the earthquake struck at 8:53 p.m. at a spot 17.3 miles (27.9 kilometers) southwest of Scotia, a town of 850 people.
The quake was hit 3 miles from Petrolia.
Magnitude 5.6 earthquake near Petrolia, Northern California, near the Mendocino Triple Junction… pic.twitter.com/uPAO98jXq0
— Andrew Blankstein (@anblanx) June 23, 2019
The earthquake had a depth of 5.6 miles.
Lostcoastoutpost.com reported a simultaneous 5.4 magnitude earthquake directly to the south off the coast of the King Range National Conservation Area. That tremor had an estimated depth of 4.3 miles, according to the Humboldt County local news website.
— Mike McGuire (@ilike_mike) June 23, 2019
One local at the site commented that the quake could be felt for a “solid 10 seconds” and another said they felt a “pretty good shake in McKinleyville.”
Another earthquake along the coast – this time along Northern California. NO tsunami threat from this earthquake, however there are many reports of people along the Northern California coast feeling the shaking. #KEZIwx #CAwx #ORwx pic.twitter.com/aQOJ8DlZwi
— Andy Moffitt (@AndyMoffittKEZI) June 23, 2019
Petrolia, in Humboldt County, has an estimated population of a few hundred people, and is located 253 miles north of San Francisco in a wilderness area that experiences frequent earthquake activity.
An average of five earthquakes with magnitudes between 5.0 and 6.0 occur annually in California and Nevada, according to a recent three-year data sample.