Mar 11, 2014 12:26 AM
People across northern California felt the ground shake late Sunday night as a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck 50 miles off the coast of eureka. "Other than a couple of 911 calls of folks calling to ask if we had an earthquake, they said that we had no damage and no injuries. We did receive some alarms calls from residential alarms but beyond that, we seem to have dodged a bullet and we’re very grateful that we did," said Lt. Steve Knight of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
This area is no stranger to earthquakes and it one of the most active in the country. "We are the single most seismically active part of California and the contiguous 48 states. If you look at the size of the earthquakes and the relative frequency of them, we tend to have more and we tend to have larger earthquakes," explained Lori Dengler, Professor of Geology at Humboldt State University.
Being in such a high prone area, most residents are taught to drop, cover, and hold on. As odd as it sounds, experts say that counting during an earthquake will also help you get through an earthquake. "It's a really good way to kind of focus your brain and reduce that adrenaline rush and then actually remember to breathe and be sensible like dropping under your desk and such while the ground is shaking," said Dengler. There have already been dozens of aftershocks and there are likely more to come. “We'll probably continue to get aftershocks for several weeks. The U.S. Geological Survey forecasts somewhere between 30 and 300 aftershocks in the magnitude 3 to 4 range.
Although everyone was fine during this quake, it serves as a reminder that earthquakes are a part of life in California and we need to be prepared. "It's a wake up call for the north coast. We do get earthquakes here. We’ve had several in our history and we'll have more I’m sure. We all need to be prepared because this can happen at any time.
Law enforcement wanted to stress that during an earthquake, they don't want people calling 911 unless there's an injury or an emergency. If you want more information on an earthquake, you can check with the U.S. Geological Survey.