AP: ‘Very strong’ 6.9 quake rattles California coast, widely felt throughout region — Directly across from nuclear fuel storage site — ‘Aftershock Warning’: Probability of a strong quake within 7 days greater than 90% (VIDEO)

Monday, March 10, 2014
By Paul Martin

March 10th, 2014

San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 10, 2014: A series of earthquakes, including a magnitude-6.9 quake, shook off the coast of Humboldt County on Sunday evening […] A 3.3 quake shook about 40 miles west of Eureka (Humboldt County) at 10:04 p.m., followed 14 minutes by a 6.9 quake, which was centered around the same area at a depth of 4.3 miles, according to the USGS. Within 45 minutes, there were at least six aftershocks with magnitudes ranging from 2.9 to 4.6.

Associated Press, Mar. 10, 2014: A very strong earthquake rattled the Northern California coast and was widely felt across the region […] The magnitude-6.9 quake […] was centered 50 miles west of Eureka and about four miles beneath the Pacific seabed, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was followed by about a half-dozen aftershocks, including one of magnitude 4.6. […]

Raquel Maytorena, 52, near Eureka coast: “This lasted longer than any earthquake I’ve ever felt.”

Aftershock Warning, Northern California Seismic System operated by UC Berkeley and USGS, Mar. 10, 2014: Magnitude : 6.9 Mw (A strong quake) […] 50 mi. ( 81 km) W of Eureka, CA […] STRONG AFTERSHOCKS (Magnitude 5 and larger) – At this time (6 hours after the mainshock) the probability of a strong and possibly damaging aftershock IN THE NEXT 7 DAYS is greater than 90 PERCENT […] EARTHQUAKES LARGER THAN THE MAINSHOCK – Most likely, the recent mainshock will be the largest in the sequence. However, there is a small chance (APPROXIMATELY 5 TO 10 PERCENT) of an earthquake equal to or larger than this mainshock in the next 7 days.

HUMBOLDT BAY NUCLEAR POWER PLANT FACT SHEET: Until the federal government approves the construction and operation of a waste-storage disposal facility, the Humboldt Bay plant will continue to store the spent fuel assemblies on-site, in keeping with safety practices approved by the NRC. The 390 spent fuel assemblies are now kept and monitored under specially treated water in a stainless-steel lined, spent fuel pool in the fuel handling building [Pink marker on map; Green is quake epicenter].

Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Knight: This very easily could have been a catastrophe that could have caused a lot of damage.

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