Jan 10, 2010 9:13 AM by Associated Press

6.5 quake shakes buildings on California coast

A magnitude-6.5 earthquake has made its mark on Northern California, with residents reporting bumps, bruises and a trail of broken windows and dishes.

The powerful quake hit about 22 miles from Ferndale. It shook buildings and knocked out power to thousands in several coastal communities.

Authorities in the nearby city of Eureka and other area communities said no major injuries have been reported. A Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spokesman says some of the 25,000 customers initially left without power might not get it back until sometime Sunday.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake hit off the coast at a depth of nearly 10 miles. At least nine aftershocks of magnitude-3.0 or above followed in the hours after the quake.

Eureka antique store owner Sandra Hall says she'll have a broken china sale for people who like to do mosaics.




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