United States: Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits northern California

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck the US state of California on Sunday, 15 km southeast of the Rio Dell region, an area still recovering from a powerful earthquake last month.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 27.8 km, the US Geological Survey said on Sunday.

The California Department of Transportation tweeted that Route 211 in Fernbridge was closed while it conducted safety inspections on the bridge following the tremor.

6.4 on December 20

This region of California, located in Humboldt County, was rocked by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on December 20, which destroyed homes and roads, severed power lines and left thousands of residents without water current or electricity.

In December, at least a dozen people were injured, and two more died from medical emergencies that occurred during or just after the quake, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

More disturbances

The area is known for relatively frequent seismic activity, but the magnitude 6.4 earthquake caused more disruption than usual in this mostly rural area known for its redwood forests, local seafood, its lumber industry and dairy farms.

Along with the tremors, northern California was also hit by heavy rains that caused severe flooding, submerging roads and forcing some areas to evacuate as residents prepared to celebrate the New Year.

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