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Jan 10, 2010 12:20 AM

6.5 quake shakes buildings on California coast

FERNDALE, Calif (AP) - A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California this afternoon, shaking buildings south of the Oregon border and knocking out power in several
coastal communities.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at about 4:27 p.m. PST about 22 miles from Ferndale.

The Eureka Fire Department said several people received minor cuts and scrapes from broken glass at the Bayshore Mall, but no major injuries were reported. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said power outages were widespread across most of Humboldt County, affecting about 25,000 customers.

A Humboldt County official said several traffic lights fell and numerous residents reported water, gas and sewer leaks.

The USGS said the quake hit at a depth of nearly 10 miles. Seven aftershocks followed in the two hours after the quake, the biggest a magnitude of 4.5.

USGS geophysicist Richard Buckmaster said the quake was felt as far south as Capitola in central California, and as far north as central Oregon.

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