United States. 5.4 magnitude earthquake hits northern California

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 struck the US state of California this Sunday, January 1, 2023, 15 km southeast of the Rio Dell region, an area still recovering from a strong earthquake that occurred in last month.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 27.8 km, the US Geological Survey said on Sunday.

One region was already hit on December 20

The California Department of Transportation tweeted that Route 211 in Fernbridge was closed while it conducted safety inspections on the bridge following the tremor.

This area of ‚Äč‚ÄčCalifornia, located in Humboldt County, was rocked by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on December 20, 2022, which destroyed homes and roads, downed power lines, and left thousands of residents without running water or electricity.

In December, at least a dozen people were injured and two others died from medical emergencies that occurred during or just after the earthquake, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

Disturbances between earthquakes and floods

The area is known for relatively frequent seismic activity, but the 6.4 magnitude earthquake caused more disruption than usual in this mostly rural area known for its redwood forests, local seafood, its timber industry and dairy farms.

Along with the tremors, Northern California was also hit by heavy rains that caused severe flooding, submerged roads and forced some areas to evacuate as residents prepared to celebrate the New Year.

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