Rollin’ and Tumblin’

Hey, that was a pretty serious tremor felt here in Redding on Saturday afternoon.

An earthquake of a magnitude 6.5 hit under the Pacific just off the Northern California coast near Eureka.

Lots of minor damage in Eureka and other towns near the coast. Full story here. The quake was felt from the San Francisco Bay Area to southern Oregon to Reno.

We felt the roll and shudder pretty strongly here on our hilltop neighborhood in southwest Redding. Certainly the biggest earthquake I’ve personally experienced. Kelly and I lived in San Francisco for a couple of years in the 1980s, but I was out of town during the one sizeable quake we had there. I covered the Loma Prieta quake for a newspaper, but arrived several hours after the event, and only felt the aftershocks.

Now I see what all the excitement’s about. I’m glad no injuries were reported.

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12 Responses

  1. Avatar Robb says:

    Pretty solid jolt here in Palo Cedro. The pool is still sloshing.

    Check this out.

  2. Avatar aexley says:

    Looks like it was a 6.1 mag. off the coast near Eureka.

  3. Avatar aexley says:

    Now updated to 6.5.

  4. Avatar Greg Pate says:

    Yeah, felt a definite shaking here off Mistletoe. Saw houseplants moving and glasses clinking.

  5. Avatar Robb says:

    Oh, oh. Looks like a big one off the coast of Arcata.

  6. Barbara Rice Barbara Rice says:

    Nothing here in Igo…

  7. Avatar Bruce Lufkin says:

    Felt a good shake for about 15 secs. here in Medford OR

  8. Avatar Terry says:

    We felt it here. The light fixture was swaying for several minutes after the quake. My husband thought someone was rocking his recliner….

  9. Avatar charlotte says:

    Here in East Redding also. My chair shook, my husband also thought someone was shaking his recliner, my Grandson ran out of his room yelling my whole bed is shaking and our dogs went crazy, barked and wanted in! Ive been in up to 7.2 earthquakes and this was big for Redding!

  10. Avatar Karen C says:

    Looks like City Hall in Ferndale is damaged, phone lines are down and some power out.