Northern California rocked by a strong earthquake early Tuesday

A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook parts of northern California early Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said. The earthquake had a depth of about 16.1 km and struck about 12 km west-southwest of Ferndale, California.

There were no tsunami alerts after the earthquake, but the USGS recorded about a dozen small aftershocks in the area.

No injuries were immediately reported. According to reports, more than 55,000 homes and businesses in Ferndale and Humboldt counties were without power.

“Due to a major earthquake, widespread damage to roads and homes in Humboldt County,” the county’s office of emergency services tweeted.

The California Highway Patrol is reporting cracks in the town of Ferndale and the Ferndale Bridge just outside the town of Ferndale over the Eel River.

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(with PTI inputs)

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