5.9 Earthquake North of us in Fort Bragg CA near Eureka

A small but strong earthquake shook through the Northern California coastline Sunday evening, March 8, at approximately 7:59 p.m.

The National Weather Service has reported the event was a magnitude 5.9 earthquake that began about 70 miles off the coast of Eureka, to the southwest, at a depth of approximately 1.2 miles, in the Mendocino Triple Junction.

The Mendocino Triple Junction is a point where three faults — the Gorda plate, the North American plate and the Pacific plate — meet in the Pacific Ocean near Cape Mendocino in Humboldt County. Seismic activity there is often responsible for the earthquakes felt in our area. There is strong suspicion that this triple junction might be the site of a future Tsunami.

I was sitting in my chair reading a book when the quake struck. No damage at our house.

5.9 Earthquake map

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