A 6.2 magnitude earthquake was detected off the coast of Northern California on Monday afternoon.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake was roughly 24 miles west of Petrolia, which is about 250 miles northwest of San Francisco, and officials said it could be felt throughout the region.
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"On behalf of Gov. Gavin Newsom and all Californians, we offer support to our colleagues along the North Coast who were impacted by today’s 6.2 magnitude earthquake," Mark Ghilarducci, director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, said in a statement. "Sizable aftershocks will occur along the North Coast over the next few days."
Humboldt County, which includes the small town of Petrolia and has a population of roughly 135,000 people, is not facing the threat of a tsunami, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office said Monday afternoon.
Ghilarducci said the state's earthquake early-warning technology, called MyShake, "worked as designed with more than 2,500 individuals receiving notifications before the shaking started and many receiving 15 seconds or more of advanced notification."
USGS estimated the earthquake likely did not result in fatalities and caused minor economic damage.
Images of the damage from the earthquake were shared on social media.
🚨BREAKING NEWS… New damage pic from Valley Grocery in #Ferndale #California. MAGNITUDE 6.2 (classified as a “strong” quake) #Earthquake struck off coast of Petrolia, CA around 3:15pm ET (12:15pm PT). Windows shattered, water pipes broken. #BreakingNews @wlwt #quake #Humboldt pic.twitter.com/o4oHi4Tv66— Steve Norris (@SteveNorrisTV) December 20, 2021
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The earthquake resulted from strike-slip faulting at a relatively shallow depth, USGS said. The agency also stressed that earthquakes are common in the vicinity of the Mendocino triple junction, where this particular earthquake was located. The junction marks the point at which the Pacific, North America, and Juan de Fuca plates meet.
The USGS also warned of aftershocks near the mainshock but stressed they will very likely not be larger than 6.2 magnitude.
"It is important for all those in the region to remain vigilant; however, as sizable aftershocks will occur along the North Coast over the next few days. Please listen for alerts and heed evacuation notices or requests from local officials," Ghilarducci said.