6.5 quake rattles northern California

January 9, 2010

A strong earthquake, measuring 6.5 in magnitude, hit Eureka, in northern California, Saturday afternoon. [Los Angeles Times]

Power lines snapped throughout the region, disrupting power. One shopping mall was evacuated. However, law enforcement officials report no loss of life, and no major damage to roads or bridges.

The earthquake was centered in the Pacific Ocean, about 25 miles southwest of Eureka, at 4:27 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The last major earthquake to hit Eureka was a 7.2 tremor that hit on April 25, 1992.