Magnitude 4.0 quake strikes off Pacific coast near Fortuna

Map showing where an earthquake struck off the coast of Fortuna on Dec. 26
An earthquake struck off the coast of Fortuna on Sunday morning.
(U.S. Geological Survey)

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake was reported at 6:16 a.m. Sunday off the Pacific coast, 96 miles from Fortuna, Calif., and 99 miles from Eureka, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A magnitude 6.2 quake was recorded 37 miles from Eureka on Monday, with shaking felt as far south as the Bay Area. In the last 10 days, there have been 29 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

An average of 25 earthquakes with magnitudes between 4.0 and 5.0 occur per year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three year data sample.

Sunday’s earthquake occurred at a depth of 5.0 miles. Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.


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