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3.9 earthquake shakes wine country region hit by wildfires

3.9 Healdsburg quake
A magnitude 3.9 earthquake was reported Saturday morning near Healdsburg.
(U.S. Geological Survey)

A magnitude 3.9 earthquake was reported Saturday morning in the Northern California wine country region recently stricken by wildfires.

The temblor was centered near Healdsburg, which was under evacuation orders for several days as the Kincade fire ravaged Sonoma County. The fire burned more than 350 structures before finally being brought under control this week.

The earthquake occurred 11 miles from Clearlake, 16 miles from Windsor, 21 miles from Santa Rosa and 29 miles from Ukiah.

In the last 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

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An average of 234 earthquakes with magnitudes between 3.0 and 4.0 occur per year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three-year data sample.

The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth. Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.

Even if you didn’t feel this small earthquake, you never know when the Big One is going to strike. Ready yourself by following our five-step earthquake preparedness guide and building your own emergency kit.

This story was automatically generated by Quakebot, a computer application that monitors the latest earthquakes detected by the USGS. A Times editor reviewed the post before it was published. If you’re interested in learning more about the system, visit our list of frequently asked questions.


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