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Earthquake: Magnitude 5.4 quake hits Northern California days after deadly temblor

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A magnitude 5.4 earthquake hit Humboldt County, rattling an area hit hard by a damaging temblor last month.

The earthquake occurred 26 miles from Eureka, 26 miles from Arcata, 35 miles from McKinleyville and 81 miles from Redding.

The Dec. 20 6.4 magnitude quake killed two people and caused widespread damage. The force of the shaking shattered windows, sent objects flying and damaged at least one historic bridge in the small communities south of Eureka. At least 11 people were injured.

Officials were assessing damage from the Sunday quake.

An average of five earthquakes with magnitudes between 5.0 and 6.0 occur per year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three-year data sample.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 17.3 miles. Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.

Find out what to do before, and during, an earthquake near you by signing up for our Unshaken newsletter, which breaks down emergency preparedness into bite-sized steps over six weeks. Learn more about earthquake kits, which apps you need, Lucy Jones’ most important advice and more at

This story was automatically generated by Quakebot, a computer application that monitors the latest earthquakes detected by the USGS. A Times editor reviewed the post before it was published. If you’re interested in learning more about the system, visit our list of frequently asked questions.

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