June 23, 2019– Mary Greeley News – A magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit Northern California Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake was reported at 8:53 p.m., and hit three miles from Petrolia.
According to the USGS, the quake also struck 17 miles southwest from Scotia and 36 miles from Eureka.
The 3.3 shook almost the same spot at 8:27 p.m.–just under a half hour earlier.
The quake had a depth of 5.5 miles.
Oil history tidbit, Petrolia is a famous name for oil towns in US/Can. CA, 1st producing CA oil well. PA, an early PA oil boom town with oil wells in 1872. Petrolia Ontario is generally considered where the North American oil industry started in the early 1850’s
— Dan Tsubouchi (@Energy_Tidbits) June 23, 2019
According to the USGS “Did you feel it” 2,253 people reported feeling this earthquake.
It was reported felt over 500 miles away, as far as Oakland and San Francisco.
Shop Smart in Redway is closed while employees clean up the damage, according to Susi who answered the phone.
Felt a nice strong jolt visiting my sister in Redway. #earthquake
— janewells (@janewells) June 23, 2019
Rays Food Place in Garberville is allowing customers in one at a time, said employee Jacqui Harmon. “Just be patient be with us,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of broken glass. It looks like maybe $300 worth of damage.”
Damage ranged from relatively small in Ferndale to some serious liquor spillage in Redway.
The agency says the earthquake struck at 8:53 p.m. at a spot 17.3 miles southwest of Scotia, a town of 850 people.
Saturday night's M5.6 quake 8:53 PM PDT on the Mendocino Fracture Zone a few miles inland on the N. California coast. Oroville supposedly outside the felt shake zone according to USGS despite the ORV seismograph having a conniption fit. #OrovilleDam still standing, AFIK. pic.twitter.com/BdSen9rv1o
— Paveway IV (@PavewayIV) June 23, 2019
The earthquake had a depth of 5.6 miles and was felt throughout the region, including in Mendocino and Fort Bragg.