Dog senses Northern California earthquake

Earthquake rattles Northern California

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  • Author: Jessica

The earth shook beneath Humboldt County today, the second big earthquake in less than a month. The intersection of three major faults just offshore Eureka makes for a seismic hot zone. Most North Coast residents have a lifetime of experience learning to deal with earthquakes. Others of us are just starting to get used to living on shaky ground.

The 5.9-magnitude quake struck at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday 02.04.10, which of course meant that we were sleeping. The rumble was enough to wake us up. We remained still and quiet, waiting for the big jolt. It never happened, thankfully. The rumble left as gently as it came. Sophie was only a little bothered by it - she felt it before we did, once again. When it was over, we found her freaked out and waiting by the door, ready to go outside to check things out.

There were a series of significant quakes in the 1980s and early 1990s, but the area has remained relatively calm for the past 15 years. We've lived here for less than two. So it appears we may be in for a rocky ride.

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