N. California dodges major damage in 6.5 quake

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) - Residents of one Northern California county are cleaning up after a 6.5 magnitude offshore earthquake shook the area yesterday.

Fortunately, the people of Humboldt County escaped with little more than bumps, cuts and broken glass.

Entrances to Eureka's Bayshore Mall were blocked today as engineers surveyed for damage.

Authorities say area bridges suffered some bent rails, and local
stores are reporting messy aisles where bottles and jars flew from
shelves and shattered.

The temblor -- centered in the Pacific about 22 miles west of
Ferndale -- caused only limited structural damage, a few hours of
power outage and no major injuries.

Officials say the fact that agencies and residents were
earthquake-ready helped avert destruction and panic, and sped along
the recovery

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