According to a Humboldt County spokesperson, the city of Rio Dell has no electricity or running water. The television channel ABC News reports on a burst water main and houses destroyed.
According to preliminary data, the epicenter of the earthquake was located along the Pacific coast about 12 kilometers from Ferndale. The quake struck at 2:34 a.m. local time. At least 12 people were injured, Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said, adding that the death toll is expected to rise. Several people were rescued after being trapped in a collapsed building.
More than 70,000 customers (72 percent of Humboldt County residents) lost power, according to PowerOutage. “County-wide power outage,” the officials wrote on Twitter (the social network is blocked in Russia), adding in all caps: “Do not call 911 unless you are experiencing an immediate emergency.” the highway and bridge sustained seismic damage, the California Department of Transportation said.