A 6.5-magnitute natural disaster that struck near the northern California city of Ferndale occurred near a massive geological formation known as the San Andreas Fault that potentially threatens major cities within the state, including Los Angeles.
The quake occurred in the Pacific Ocean, 165 kilometers west from Ferndale, California, the United States.
According to the National Weather Service, there was no threat of a tsunami.
There were no immediate reports of damage.
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The quake, which began happening around 6:50 a.m. PST, registered a depth of 6.2 miles. Bay Area quake tracker here.
An area police dispatcher told NBC Bay Area that she barely felt it on land, and a USGS "did you feel it" map shows light shaking was felt in Eureka and the nearby California coast. Another 3.5 magnitude natural disaster hit a similar spot in January, with SF Gate reporting the quake had struck an undersea portion of the fault. A major quake in 1992 destroyed 80 percent of downtown buildings and the nearby Eureka natural disaster six years ago was also a 6.5 like Thursday's quake, but there was widespread damage.
In Eureka, which is less than 20 miles (32 km) north of Ferndale, Twitter user Wanda Cloud reported that she felt a "jolt". He added that he felt more shaking from another quake earlier this week.
The area is one of the most active areas for seismic activity.