Northern California jolted by 5.4-magnitude earthquake

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Northern California region Rio Dell, which is still healing after a strong earthquake last month, was hit by a 5.4-magnitude earthquake that occurred 15 km (9.3 miles) southeast of it, Reuters reported.

The most recent earthquake occurred at a depth of 27.8 kilometers, according to data released by the USGS on Sunday.

State Route 211 at Fernbridge was shut down while safety checks were made on the bridge after the tremor, according to a tweet from the California Department of Transportation.

On December 20, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck the same area of California, in Humboldt County, shook the area, destroying houses and roads, rupturing utility lines, and leaving thousands of people without electricity and running water.

According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, at least 12 individuals were hurt in the prior earthquake, and two more persons passed away as a result of medical issues that happened during or immediately after the earthquake.

The area is renowned for its relatively frequent seismic activity, but the 6.4-magnitude earthquake in this primarily rural area, noted for its redwood trees, local fisheries, timber industry, and dairy farms, caused greater disturbance than normal.

Along with the earth trembling, Northern California saw tremendous rains that caused significant flooding, submerged highways, and necessitated evacuations in some regions just as people were getting ready to ring in the New Year.

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