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5.4 magnitude earthquake hits Northern California, causing outages and damages


File Photo: Construction crews repair public facilities damaged by an earthquake in Ferndale in Humboldt County, California, america, on Dec. 21, 2022. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook parts of Northern California early Tuesday, causing two deaths and 11 injuries and leaving tens of 1000’s without power.

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An earthquake struck Northern California on Sunday for the second time in lower than two weeks, causing power outages and damages, officials said.

The Recent 12 months’s Day earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 and struck about 9 miles southeast of Rio Dell in Humboldt County just after 10:30 a.m. local time (1:35 p.m. ET) Sunday, in accordance with the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said damages to homes were reported within the City of Rio Dell, while at half of town’s residents were without power Sunday and around 30% without water. It said restoration efforts were underway.

As of early Monday, only a handful of utility customers gave the impression to be affected by outages within the county, in accordance with online outage tracker PowerOutage.us.

The sheriff’s office didn’t report any injuries in reference to the earthquake.

It said there was no tsunami risk in consequence of the quake.

As a precaution, the California Department of Transportation temporarily closed State Route 211 at Fernbridge Road to conduct safety inspections, the sheriff’s office said, warning of traffic delays.

The earthquake comes days after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the region on Dec. 20, killing two people and injuring a minimum of a dozen others, while leaving 1000’s at midnight.

Two people, ages 72 and 83, died from medical emergencies after the December quake, Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal previously told reporters. Emergency responders had been unable to get them to the suitable facility in time, he said.

Rio Dell, with a population of roughly 3,300, was among the many communities to be hit hardest by the quake and dozens of aftershocks that followed, Honsal said

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