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Magnitude 6.5 earthquake rattles northern California

Emergency Management Alert, January 12, 2010

Residents in Northern California felt a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on January 9, reports the Los Angeles Times. No major injuries were reported, but many people, fearing a tsunami, ran to higher ground in the coastal town of King Salmon. Water, gas, and power lines were disrupted to about 25,000 customers in the region.

Mad River Community Hospital in Arcata, CA, lost power and functioned on generator power for a while, reports the Times. No patients had earthquake-related injuries.

California Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Kelly Huston said the region has not asked for additional assistance.

At least 10 aftershocks were reported hours after the earthquake.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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