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2010 Eureka earthquake
2010 Eureka earthquake is located in California
Date 16:27:38, January 9, 2010 (2010-01-09T16:27:38)
Magnitude 6.5 Mw
Depth 13.5 miles (21.7 km)
Epicenter location 40°38′42″N 124°45′47″W / 40.645°N 124.763°W / 40.645; -124.763Coordinates: 40°38′42″N 124°45′47″W / 40.645°N 124.763°W / 40.645; -124.763
Countries or regions affected  United States
(Northern California, Central Oregon, Washoe County, Nevada)[1]
Aftershocks ~24[2]
Casualties 35 Injuries

The 2010 Eureka earthquake occurred on January 9, 2010 at 4:27:38 p.m. PST (January 10, 2010 at 00:27:38 UTC) offshore of Humboldt County, California, United States. The magnitude was measured as 6.5 Mw, and its epicenter was located offshore in the Pacific Ocean 33 miles west of the nearest major city, Eureka.[1][2][3][4][5] Additionally, there was a separate earthquake further offshore of Eureka on February 4, its magnitude was slightly less, at 5.9.[6] It was also the most significant earthquake in the Eureka area in terms of magnitude since an earthquake in 1992.[7]

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Structural damage was inflicted among older Victorian houses, power was severed for several hours, and windows were shattered. In addition, 28,000 customers of Pacific Gas and Electric Co., mostly from Humboldt County, were left without electricity and phone services as a result.[3]

In Eureka, the Old Town Bar and Grill building was previously believed to be severely damaged beyond repair. City leaders ordered the building demolished. However, a local construction company is in the process of purchasing the unreinforced brick masonry (URM) building with the hopes of restoring the historic structure. The town's high school, known as Eureka High School, and the Bayshore Mall were damaged and briefly closed, although both later reopened with close to full services. An auditorium at Eureka High remained closed over concerns regarding its structural safety as of January 12, 2010.[8]

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