latest earthquake was at a depth of 27.8 km, the U.S. Geological
Survey said on Sunday.
The California Department of Transportation said in a Twitter
post that State Route 211 at Fernbridge was closed while it
conducted safety inspections on the bridge following the tremor.
That same region of California, located in Humboldt County, was
jolted by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on Dec. 20, which crumpled
homes and roads, ruptured utility lines and left thousands of
residents without running water and electricity.
In the previous quake, at least a dozen people were injured, and
two others died from medical emergencies that occurred during or
just after the quake, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's
The region is known for relatively frequent seismic activity,
although the 6.4-magnitude earthquake caused more disruption
than usual in the largely rural area known for its redwood
forests, local seafood, lumber industry and dairy farms.
In addition to the ground shaking, Northern California was also
battered by heavy rains that triggered severe flooding,
submerging roads and forcing evacuations in certain areas just
as residents prepared to ring in the New Year.
(Reporting by Anirudh Saligrama in Bengaluru and Maria Caspani
in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Josie Kao)
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