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UPDATE IV: From Sidnie Olson:

The City of Eureka is collecting information about earthquake damaged property. If your property has been damaged by the Jan 9, 2009, earthquake please call 441-4164 or email planning@ci.eureka.ca.gov

Please provide the following information:
Your name
The address of the propery damaged
Your phone number
The type of damage
The estimated cost of the damage
Whether you have earthquake insurance, and
Whether you are the owner or tenant of the property

UPDATE III: Eureka Natural Foods:

UPDATE II: SF Chronicle: 6.5 quake rocks Humboldt County

UPDATE: Earthquake caught on video.


The Humboldt Bay area was rocked by a nice-sized earthquake at about 4:27pm.  Preliminary reports put it at 6.5 on the Richter scale. Epicenter was about 24 miles west of Humboldt Hill. Power is out at least as far as Blue Lake, but it’s on in parts of Eureka.

Everybody okay out there?

  1. Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Quake was felt all the way to Chico.

  2. January 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Felt it really good here in Burnt Ranch. Lasted about a minute and a half. I pray you all are in good shape.

  3. Mike Buettner
    January 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Okay. House is a bit of a mess… stuff on floor. No damage to the house. We were in Sequoia Park and the ground really rocked. Didn’t see any downed trees but heard some big stuff falling.

  4. inSanFrancisco
    January 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I hear that power is out in most places (Mckinleyville, Trinidad, etc)

    Rumored damage along coast, probably Ferndale. Eureka sounds fine.

    Aftershocks are all below 4 thus far. Depth of quake was only 10 miles so shaking would be very strong in Ferndale area.

  5. Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    McKinleyville – South part felt it pretty good only some stuff fell in garage and deck shook really good with water dishes full from rain spilling over. Didn’t feel any of the aftershocks though.

    Was watching football game and TV then went off and the “regular channels” are not on – 2, 5, 7, etc. but cable channels are working. Guess no football games for me today unless it comes back on.

    Earthquake supposedly near Ferndale and not very deep as recorded so far.

  6. January 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    KHUM reports the power is ON in Ferndale. Not so further north.

  7. Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    My cousin in Redding felt the quake. Another cousin in Samoa was told to evacuate but there’s evidently no tsunami warning at this time.

  8. Mike Buettner
    January 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    We have power in Eureka.

  9. Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    No power in Ridgewood and Cutten.

  10. Zeno
    January 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    we have power in Arcata. The street was moving in downtown Arcata during the quake – a very weird feeling

  11. Violet
    January 9, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    We got a bit of a shaking down here near Garberville. No damage, but I don’t know about people out west of Redway. Cell phones aren’t working to call, but texting works. Powers on.

  12. inSanFrancisco
    January 9, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Eureka emergency services feed if you’re interested


  13. jgullam
    January 9, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    No power in the Arcata Bottom. can see streetlights “up the hill”

  14. Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    It was pretty strong in Redway and lasted about 45 seconds. The whole house was rolling. No damage.

  15. fujita6
    January 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Is this do to deformation of Gorda and North American faults ? 6.5 is a very big earthquake event ! I do not recall a single earthquake event between the Summer of 1987 and leaving in the Summer of 1990. Yet this region is reportedly the most seismically active in California . I hope nobody was hurt . Looking forward to hearing more details . Curt K Flagstaff AZ

  16. Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I heard it resulted from Eric Kirk’s jaw hitting the floor when he learned that Harry Reid called Obama a negro.

  17. Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Some technical details:
    6.5 magnitude. Located 26 miles SW of Eureka at a depth of about 5 miles (first posting of the event, so it may change a bit). The first motion mechanism (focal mechanism) shows that the earthquake probably occurred on a left-lateral strike-slip fault in the Gorda plate (the oceanic plate offshore that subducts beneath the North American plate). This is the most common source for large earthquakes around here. It is the same type of fault that produced one of the 92 earthquakes, the 1980 earhtquake, and the 7.0 that occurred 90 miles offshore in 2004.

    Report your experience to the USGS here:

    Earthquake details start here:

  18. January 9, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    having issues with my verizon service…wondering if anyone else is experiencing any cell service problems. maybe some towers were damaged?

  19. Big Al
    January 9, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    power is out at my mom’s house in Trinidad, she said it shook pretty good there (too)
    our house did pretty well,
    there is a broken water main on McFarlan St. off Myrtle Ave.

  20. Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Correction the last earthquake I referenced (poster of 5:44) occurred June 14, 2005 – magnitude 7.2. Also on a left-lateral strike slip fault in the Gorda plate, but it was located about 90 miles offshore of Trinidad.

    The Gorda plate is being deformed as it reluctantly pushes into the North American plate. A little more of that deformation just happened

  21. Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    We have power at our house in McKi but tenants on other side of McKi do not and their friends in Trinidad don’t have power either.

    We don’t have regular cable channels so no football games yet – were watching Bengals game when the earthquake occurred. Can watch movies but not much else except CNN, etc. talking about the quake.

  22. derchoadus
    January 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Fortuna Safeway lost some Booze and salad dressing. Smelled heavenly.

    Very rolling down here. Like a roller coaster. Trees and power poles dancing in the street.

  23. anon says
    January 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    tuned into KMUD, where the hell are they?? theyre totally missing in action on this MAJOR story. wtf

  24. Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    It will be fun to watch this thread get flooded as people’s power gradually gets turned back on..

  25. January 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Do earthquakes increase yields?

  26. anon says
    January 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    the local country western radio station 92.3 they are ALL OVER THIS STORY…….they have been giving excellent coverage

  27. Walt
    January 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Power out in Kneeland. I was on Indianola cutoff driving and about lost it. Several other cars stopped and checked their tires.

  28. anon says
    January 9, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    tuned into kmud too…….all i heard was hippie music……no mention of earthquake…….

  29. Violet
    January 9, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    KHUM’s doing a good job.

  30. January 9, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Associated Press reports:

    USGS geophysicist Richard Buckmaster says the quake was felt as far south as Capitola, and as far north as Tiller, Ore.

  31. sherry
    January 9, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    i’m out of town this weekend. anyybody in henderson cntr neighborhood with info on canditions? my next door neighbor’s answrg machine picked up. but mine doesn’t. any info out there on neighborhood?

  32. DanSquierKINS980
    January 9, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I hope everyone is OK out there. the quake hit a 4:27 and it was good old rumbler. We have widespread reports of power outages but thankfully no reports of injuries as of yet. If you folks have anything of importance to pass along call us at 442-5744

  33. anon says
    January 9, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    maybe the earthquake knocked all of the old crusty kmud dust balls down from the ceiling.

  34. anon says
    January 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    thanks for the 92.3 news connection, they are giving really good up to the minute news.
    all of the bay area tv news stations have been reporting on this, as well as CNN.

    yeah, I tuned into Kmud to see if they had any coverage too, I don’t know why I expected anything, of course they had no coverage.

  35. anon says
    January 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm


  36. lumpy
    January 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    That was God thinking about prop 8’s passage. He’s pissed.

    January 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    92.3 FM seems to always be on top of stuff like this.

    The Power Grid is weird in Mack Town. Even in windstorms, power can be out on one side of Central Avenue, while across the street, power is on. Same thing with parts north of Hiller(?) and west of McKinleyville Avenue if I am remembering correctly. An das I write, another sharp aftershock!

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

    January 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    *****Still No Times Standard Breaking News*****

    6.5 quake strikes off northern California coast
    By The Associated Press

    January 09, 2010, 8:33PM

    FRESNO, Calif (AP) — A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California Saturday afternoon, shaking buildings south of the Oregon border and knocking out power in several coastal communities.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at about 4:27 p.m. about 27 miles from Eureka, a city of about 26,000.

    The state’s warning center had received no reports of injuries or major damage, California Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Lori Newquist said.

    Sandra Hall, owner of Antiques and Goodies in Eureka, said furniture fell over, nearly all her lamps broke and the handful of customers in her store got a big scare. She said it was the most dramatic quake in the 30 years the store has been open.

    “It was shaking for a very long time,” Hall said.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there was no threat of the quake generating a tsunami. In November 2006, an 8.3-magnitude temblor in Japan sent waves that hit the region for eight hours, causing $9 million damage.

    The quake was felt as far south as Capitola in central California, and as far north as Roseburg in central Oregon, USGS geophysicist Richard Buckmaster said.

    The earthquake knocked out the power in Arcata, a small town that’s home to Humboldt State University, and one resident said many people had objects knocked off walls and televisions tumble.

    “It was huge — one of the biggest earthquakes we’ve had up here in 20 years,” said Judd Starks, the kitchen manager at a bar and restaurant known as The Alibi. “The whole town is kind of freaked out right now. All the power is out, people are out walking around.

    Copy and Paste


  39. Mrbinky
    January 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Spoke to family there was some broken glass and bricks falling in old town eureka. Also to confirm there is a busted water main on mcfarlan
    as injuries one poor cat lost part of it’s tail as it was running after a family that vacated a home when it’s tail got stuck in the heavy closing door :(

  40. Lindsey
    January 9, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    At work in the courthouse when it happened. Lots of shaking and rolling!

  41. Lindsey
    January 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Also, power is out in a majority of the northern county as of now.

  42. Neighbor to the North
    January 9, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    We are thinking of you from up here in Seattle. We know those rolling quakes all too well. Take care, but do let us know what we can do to help you.

  43. Big Al
    January 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    word is: bayshore mall is closed and
    carson block building (3&f st eureka) 3rd floor is bad

  44. January 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    We rocked and rolled, lost a few glass items, but mostly just had stuff shifted around. Our little house was built in 1949 and its a trooper. I own somewhere in the neighborhood of 1500 books and not a one fell out of the bookshelves. One son works at the Bayshore Mall and said it was a disaster–ceiling tiles down in the walkways and a major flood in Kohls due to sprinklers going on. Another son will be on the cleanup crew at Target at 4 am. My office took a little harder hit in downtown Eureka, but it’s on the second floor, so that’s not too surprising. Down at Humboldt Beer distributors their entire warehouse of beer and beverages was tight as a drum, not a bottle or can overturned. Power is out in parts of downtown/old town Eka.

  45. anon says
    January 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    CNN has been doing in depth on-going coverage of our earthquake and still nothing on KMUD. just amazing

  46. Sherry
    January 9, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Power still out at our RV Park in Trinidad. Our water tech company in Redding called right after quake—they felt it over there in Redding. Our house really rocked & rolled in Dows Prairie, but all is o.k. Relatives in Eureka have broken windows. Very blessed overall.

  47. Zeno
    January 9, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Rode out the quake down by the Co-op in Arcata. 8th street rolled like low swells on the ocean, and the buildings were swaying. After it ended you could hear a bunch of folks hootin’ and hollerin’ down on the Plaza. Didn’t see any damage in town, and power is on over on the NE side of Arcata.

    I’m wondering how folks down in Ferndale are doing.

  48. January 9, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I was in Costco when it hit, which is really the last place I’d ever wish to be in an earthquake if I had a choice ;>. My kids and dh were at home in Ferndale. Our house fared well, though things broke everywhere and all pictures in the house are cocked to a diamond shape.

    I wanted to give a shout out to the people at Costco – it was *really* scary in the moment (lights sparking,everything going dark and then light over and over, things flying off those shelves, people yelling, glass everywhere), but the bottom line is that the employees handled it REALLY well. They were calm and collected, and focused everyone together and outside. Well done!

    Hail, 2010!

    K Sequoia

  49. DanSquierKINS980
    January 9, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    At last report Ferndale and Fortuna came through cleanly. Broken windows, some fallen masonry, but generally healthy

  50. AnotherAnon
    January 9, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Gee! This is a first on Humboldt Herald. I thought for sure someone would blame the Arkleys for the earthquake. Wow!

  51. Gilbert
    January 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    No, we’re blaming KMUD instead. We’re the right-wing cabal taking over.

  52. nimby
    January 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Go to KINS

  53. DanSquierKINS980
    January 9, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    980 AM

  54. anon says
    January 9, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I don’t know who you guys and gals are on 92.3 radio but YOU ARE AWSOME!!! Thank You!!

  55. Big Al
    January 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Report of Humboldt hill raising 2 inches…???
    on 92 fm, anybody else hear that??

    high tide tomorrow 8.0 ft. at 7:56 am, any subduction around the bay we will see it then…

  56. Steve
    January 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Tune into KHUM, they’re on it! No power in Blue Lake.

  57. anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    RA, repent now! The end is near!

  58. hahaok
    January 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Latest update from USGS indicates that the quake was actually caused by Arkley’s ego crashing down from a great height.

  59. anon says
    January 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Gilbert Says:
    January 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm
    No, we’re blaming KMUD instead. We’re the right-wing cabal taking over.

    all kidding aside gilbert, KMUD Radio used to be known for giving great on going live coverage during emergencies like this but there has NOT been one peep out of them. It’s pathetic.

  60. anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    and the aftershocks were tyson and the 3 stooges

  61. anony
    January 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    aparently the bayshore mall was closed due to structural damage and various water mains broke in eureka. Also there was a broken gas line at bear river casino!

  62. anon says
    January 9, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Tuned into KMUD just now, the only thing coming out over the airwaves was reggae music…..that’s more important

  63. Anon
    January 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Maybe no one is actually at the studio…?

  64. vcinbc
    January 9, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Just lurking from Vancouver, BC. Interesting comments! Re: KMUD – dunno how it works down where y’all are, but here we’d never depend on a community station for anything resembling breaking news.

  65. Gilbert
    January 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    KMUD is talking about the earthquake. There is someone on air talking about the quake quite a bit between the reggae.

    They said they called the Sheriff’s Office to see if they wanted any information disseminated, but no one answered.

  66. Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Reports coming in indicate that Fred Mangels is having trouble logging onto the “Aces High” server.

  67. hahaok
    January 9, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Radio scanner indicates structural damage at 883 H st (9th and H in Eureka) apartment building

  68. Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Power out in parts of Eureka…pockets – though we currently seem to be the lone dark house in the neighborhood. However we’re lucky to have a generator (and one that actually powers a computer safely) and are hoping our gas supply will last…we’ve replenished but the stations are packed. We live in an older home – vintage 1912 – and have all plaster walls that don’t really give. The paint peeled off around the doorways/moldings and the large,heavy glass windows. We lost a lot of glass and pottery but nothing major – or that we’ve uncovered so far. It was a violent shake and everything shifted here in the Henderson Center area. All of our neighbors have checked on one another – though was planning to host a dinner party tonight that seemed to be of more concern than anyone’s welfare. : ( I guess this kind of thing brings out the best and worst of everyone!

    On another note, I was not in my house at the time of the quake, but was driving from downtown Eureka on H Steet. It felt like hitting an ice slick – loss of control and the other cars doing the same. Everyone, was very cautious, no panic on the roadway and good driving behavior overall!

    Good luck everyone – trying to look on the bright side – this may present a perfect opportunity for me to clean out all those cupboards I’ve been planning to get to.

  69. anon says
    January 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    KMUD just started giving earthquake info…..yes kmud, we know there was a quake, yes we know what to do if there is another one……geeez,you guys are stale AND lame at the same time.

    tune into KHUM or even K-RED 92.3…..they have been giving any breaking info as it comes in. actually talking with many people that were affected as well as whats open and not.where most of the damage is etc….

    CNN has been interviewing T.S. and ….KSLUG with PICS it was cool!

  70. January 9, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Was this quake as bad in Eureka as the ’92 quake???

  71. Big Al
    January 9, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    no, 92 was much worse

  72. Big Al
    January 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Safeway @ Harris & Harrison is packed all kinds of people shopping…

  73. Lindsey
    January 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    The earthquake in 1992 was 7.1. This one was 6.5.

  74. January 9, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    From Supervisor Mark Lovelace @ 7:22pm:


    As you are aware, the Humboldt area experienced a 6.5 earthquake this evening.

    There are currently 23,720 customers out of power. Most of the outages have occurred in the Eureka / Arcata / Trindad / and Fairhaven areas as follows:

    Trinidad Sub – 1498 customers

    Eureaka Sta A – 7747 customers

    Harris Sub – 2062 customers

    Blues Lake Sub – 1990 customers

    Fairhaven Sub – 809 customers

    Aracata Subs – 9614 customers

    Humboldt Bay Power Plant reports fine, after a thorough inspection and is operational.

    We are currently assessing the damaged circuits and the OEC is open.

    Currently, we expect to have all power back on within 24 hours. I will provide more updates as I receive them.

    Alison TalbottGovernment RelationsPacific Gas & Electric Company

  75. Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Arkley’s basement must look like the Red Sea

  76. longwind
    January 9, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Can I stop hating KMUD yet?

  77. Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks to the radio stations that were on- Dan Squires of KINS and that one with the Burly-Man. We needed news! Bayside had no power until around 8:30 but not much damage- I hear Eureka had a lot more.

    Hope everyone is okay and that tonight is quiet and safe.

  78. Kato
    January 9, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    anon says Says:
    January 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm
    “tuned into KMUD, where the hell are they?? theyre totally missing in action on this MAJOR story. wtf”

    I heard the DJ on KMUD give quake info within minutes of the event; she chimed in repeatedly ( between songs) and had the station’s geologist-DJ explain the origin, depth, etc. of the quake while they both asked for people to call in with any further information. For volunteer programmers, they did their best.

  79. stoked
    January 9, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Power is on in Fieldbrook as of around 9pm.

  80. jigs
    January 9, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Rockin’ and shakin’ in Loleta too, natch – no major damage inside, power off for only a few mins. That was a real heart-pounder. Entire contents of 2 tall bookcases all over the floor eeek. Lotsa stuff shifted all over but no breakage. Sheriff’s Office going door to door checking on folks.

  81. January 9, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office

    Office of Emergency Services

    826 Fourth Street, Eureka, CA 95501

    Date: January 9, 2010 From: Brenda Godsey, PIO

    (707) 268-2503

    Subject: Earthquake


    At 4:48 this afternoon a significant earthquake occurred on the North Coast. The preliminary reports from the US Geological Survey indicate the earthquake’s magnitude was 6.5 and the epicenter was 20 miles WNW of Ferndale.

    As Director of Emergency Service, Sheriff Gary Philp has declared a Local Emergency. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Office of Emergency Services has activated an Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Staff in the EOC are continuing to gather information from personnel in the field.

    Preliminary reports are as follows:


    The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has received NO reports of injury.


    The Sheriff’s Office has received reports of some property damage that includes fallen traffic signals and broken windows.


    There are approximately 29,000 customers without power in Humboldt County.


    There are several gas line ruptures and water line interruptions throughout the county, with fire personnel responding to all reports.


    There are reports of some chimneys down, broken glass, light fixtures falling, and downed tress and power lines.

    Citizens are reminded NEVER to touch any power line. Do not assume the power is off because the line has fallen.

    Aftershocks are common and citizens should be on alert to this possibility.

    Additionally, the information in this release is preliminary. This is a changing situation and the information will change accordingly.

    News media can contact the Public Information Officer at (707) 268-2503.



    OES Director

  82. January 9, 2010 at 10:06 pm
  83. derchoadus
    January 9, 2010 at 10:34 pm


  84. January 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    KHUM was live during the aftershock. Endless earthquake stories on air.

  85. January 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm
  86. Mitch
    January 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    The poor folks blew their budget on that post-it note, and you have the nerve to make fun of them?

  87. January 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Post-it notes prove their worth once again.

  88. Big Al
    January 9, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    back when I worked there we had a big generator that would have allowed them do the news from the studio rather than the remote van. maybe they couldn’t get it started

  89. Anonymous
    January 9, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Could you explain to people such as myself who didn’t watch TV what exactly KIEM did during the emergency?

  90. jigs
    January 9, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Re:Channel 3: That is so sad! Why is it funny…

  91. nimby
    January 9, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks for coming through Heraldo. Great instant coverage as usual. The moment I got my generator fired up I went straight to……several well established local news sites only to find….well…..nothing.
    But wait, maybe Heraldo has an update.
    Next time I go here first.

  92. A-nony-mouse
    January 9, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    BRRRRR That was quite a jolt near Henderson Center. We lost more than half of our glassware, most of our house plants, a few pictures from the walls, and a lot of nerve cells! We did manage a lovely combination from a broken jar of sweet pickles and 2 jars of pickled beets. Colorful AND aromatic!

    I checked with several elderly neighbors. Nerves received the most damage. I didn’t even see any Demons flying around RA’s house on this one so I guess he’s in the clear.

    Of course you all noticed James Faulk’s very recent piece stating, in effect, that we were due for a good one. You don’t suppose……..? Nah…

    Stay safe out there!

  93. Mitch
    January 9, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    10:51, click on the blue part of Heraldo’s 10:39, where it says “21st century”.

  94. A-nony-mouse
    January 9, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    try looking at http://quake.usgs.gov/recenteqs/
    For some reason it won’t cut and paste but it has all the info.

  95. Anon
    January 9, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks (once again) to KHUM for connecting the dots with updates, call-in stories, good advice. They continue to amaze.

  96. January 10, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Here’s the CNN report.

  97. Mike W
    January 10, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Power on F street area and west came back on @ 2230..Channel 3 still out..all other cable OK..

  98. January 10, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Really glad everyone up there is safe, and only minor injuries have been reported. We did feel the quake here in northern Mendo – first one I’ve felt since ’93, when I was in Tahoe – but the only visible evidence was in the form of swinging light fixtures and spooked-out dogs. Having been at Candlestick Park for the World Series in ’89, David was unimpressed… until we heard from our friends up north who’d had quite the shake.

    Have a great night, everyone.

  99. January 10, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Damn! I’m always out of town when the shit goes down…

  100. January 10, 2010 at 1:36 am

    It wasn’t easy getting 92.3. 96.3 and 105.5 Fm on the air. It took us about 40 minutes to get people there and hook up the generator. Our am’s 1480 and 1340 were dead in the water and we had no power at the studios on South Broadway in Eureka. The generator ran for about 5 hours and then quit. We did live coverage without commericals or music for about 4 and a half hours straight on those 3 fm signals. We just got all 5 stations back on the air at about 1:15 this morning.
    We had no internet except for cell phones and only one studio with one mic. but the phone calls that came in were fantastic. We had enough people to man and woman the phones and gave the info over the air. Thanks Rollin, Burlyman, Deborah, Victoria, Elaina, Kathy and everyone else that helped out.

    I hope when today (Sunday) is over, we still find no serious injuries or deaths resulting from this test of nerves.

    We have some things to improve on and we are already working on those. Hopefully we will do even better the next time.

  101. Anonymoose
    January 10, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Hey stop slammin KMUD. They were on the air with updates within minutes. They had the first reports of 6.5 and location before 5:00 PM. I was relaying their info by phone to friends and neighbors. There was no damage in SoHum, so they went back to music and broke in regularly for updates. I guess some of you need instant gratification on a constant basis.
    Thank you KMUD.

  102. Anonymous
    January 10, 2010 at 7:30 am

    If you want a story, talk to anyone who was bowling at the time who ended up exiting a side door in their socks.

  103. Blackcoffee
    January 10, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Anybody have a time count on how long it lasted?

  104. Andrew Bird
    January 10, 2010 at 7:39 am


    While you still had power, your FM stations did a fabulous job of broadcasting during the emergency. I wish to extend kudos to you and your crew. I listened for several hours. KHUM of course did an excellent job too. Thanks to our local radio for coming through. The T-S did a pretty good job of getting a story online quickly as well.

  105. Spongy Morel
    January 10, 2010 at 7:41 am

    I live next to Sequoia Park in Eureka. We had lots of broken glass and our motorcycles are still buried in the garage where everything that was stored in the rafters came down. Power was out for only 3 1/2 hours (thank you PG&E employees for the wonderful response time). No structural damage that I can find (including the original 1930’s chimney) and no one was hurt. Our dog and cat were seriously freaked out though but are fine this morning.

  106. unanonymous
    January 10, 2010 at 7:42 am

    interesting that HH’s photo of natural foods looks alot like T-S front page photo…..

  107. walt
    January 10, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I guess this is an argument for rural living: we live in the hills and have no damage or even messes, but since the “urban” areas are built on alluvial soil, they shake a lot.

  108. Anonymous
    January 10, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Walt, it’s also a good argument for spending more on construction, or even avoiding construction, in or near a liquefaction zone (see Balloon Tract). Structures built on mud flats and artificially filled wetlands don’t do well in quakes.

  109. Anonymous
    January 10, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Could be this is the quake that saves us from Home Depot…

  110. January 10, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Bayshore mall closed to both shoppers and employees. Lots of damage to Kohl’s due to sprinkler system.

  111. Anonymous
    January 10, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Thank goodness the water put the earthquake out and no one was burned.

  112. High Finance
    January 10, 2010 at 9:37 am

    The ’92 earthquake was 7.1 & this was only 6.5 ?

    It felt bigger this time. Kudos to KHUM for its calm, reasoned coverage.

  113. Country Mouse
    January 10, 2010 at 9:46 am

    What’s the story on the house on California that jumped off its foundations?

  114. Ed
    January 10, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Hey James, when’s the next one?

  115. January 10, 2010 at 9:52 am

    The City of Eureka is collecting information about earthquake damaged property. If your property has been damaged by the Jan 9, 2009, earthquake please call 441-4164 or email planning@ci.eureka.ca.gov

    Please provide the following information:
    Your name
    The address of the propery damaged
    Your phone number
    The type of damage
    The estimated cost of the damage
    Whether you have earthquake insurance, and
    Whether you are the owner or tenant of the property

  116. Blue Laker
    January 10, 2010 at 10:08 am

    USGS reports “the probability of a strong and possible damaging aftershock M>5 in the 7 days following the earthquake is approximately 78%.”
    Hold on!

  117. Let it roll...
    January 10, 2010 at 10:09 am


    If this link doesn’t work you can cut and past the url into your address bar.

  118. Mitch
    January 10, 2010 at 10:14 am

    We should all have inexpensive emergency GMRS radios in our homes and cars, and we should all know basic information about how to use the emergency channel.

    The radios are available in pairs for less than $50. (Better ones probably cost more.)

    I’ve set up a site for people to discuss features and quality of the various brands (as well as any other topics they feel appropriate). If there’s interest, perhaps we can put together a group buy.


  119. Mike W
    January 10, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I heard that that large house on G Street sort of on the corner of Wabash (the large historic residence with the ornate iron fence around a huge lot) sustained heavy internal chimney damage from the basement to the roof. Some sort of major compromise to its brick flue structure from the basement to the roof (it runs within the house thru all four floors)..

  120. Jeffrey Lytle
    January 10, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Just some minor ramblin’:

    Well, I guess local men have one less place to shop for nicer clothes; yet, not like men had many real good places for dress clothes in Humboldt anyhow. I wonder why?

    Kohl’s – Better Discounts due to waterlogged clothing?

    For J. Muskrat – For nearly 3 decades, my experiences have been almost exactly opposite except for a few Big Bear area quakes and the World Series Quake between the G-Men and A’s. I will never forget being saved by a Tractor Trailer Big Rig which intentionally jackknifed to keep the immediate vehicles behind it from driving off the segmented over-pass. We had to turn around, drive back the opposite direction to get off the overpass and to get onto an old highway which ran parallel to the main freeway system which was uplifted into shambles as we headed west toward Hemet, CA.

    For any people who were near animals just prior to the 6.5 – What did your animals TELL YOU through their body language?

    The Bayshore Mall is a “liquifaction lovers dream”!

    Ok, let us have a friendly contest – which entity was, most likely, the first to electronically/digitally get the information out to the General Public that an earthquake had just occured.

    Was it:

    A. Emergency Services
    B. Local “Corporate Media”
    C. Local Blogs associated with many, many community members

    My Answer = Local Blogs

    What say you?

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  121. Anonymous
    January 10, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Kudo’s to the leadership of Virginia Bass, Frank Jager and Jeff Leonard all three of which were all over town making sure everything was being managed as best as possible. I saw each of them several times at different places, they were in control and pitching in. Bass in particular was asked how her house fared and she hadn’t even been home to check before heading to City Hall. Thank you too all of them and all the other hardworking city and county staff.

  122. Mike W
    January 10, 2010 at 10:28 am
  123. "Henchman of Justice"
    January 10, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Thanks Blue Laker

    Mitch, as far as radios, remember that these devices CAN also lead to confusions while directing to many people into situations which cause MASS EXODUS problems. For myself, I go the routes less traveled – get my angle?

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  124. Mike W
    January 10, 2010 at 10:32 am

    We always talk about the ‘pre-sensing’ of these events by animals.. I was wondering if any people had any premonitions prior of sorts..

  125. Big Al
    January 10, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I have been expecting something for a little while, there has been activity all around the pacific rim leading up to this, and we were over due…
    check my post

    I don’t trust that it’s over yet.
    I live with 6 cats and none of them told me this was going to happen.

  126. January 10, 2010 at 10:40 am


    Any tech has good and bad uses. I’d rather have the ability to communicate with others after a quake than not have that ability. Having a two-way radio in your car and house gives you a way to get and/or deliver help, even if cell phone towers are down.

    January 10, 2010 at 10:53 am


    I agree to an extent, but common sense dictates that more people using a medium will gravitate to what the medium is instructing them to do. As we see from Katrina, Texas tornadoes, etc.. it becomes a cluster-xxxx of a situation. I trust myself better and more quickly through “evolutionary intelligiences” than that of a hand-held device that merely is a “sheep’s hearder tool”. Kinda like riding a bike will get you going to where you want to go more quickly than a log jamb of vehicles backed up because they were hearded.

    If one is going to get a radio, make sure it has a hand crank on it for charging purposes as batteries will not be available when you might need them.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

    January 10, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Heraldo or anyone else with a wordpress suggestion – I see my name in “blue” down here where I am writing this comment (followed by “logout); but, not up above where – “HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE” says:

    How does – “HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE” Says: – “get to be an ALL BLUE FONT” for linking to a blog? Thank You in advance to whomever is so kid enough to respond to my tech question.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

    January 10, 2010 at 11:00 am

    that was “kind” enough.


  130. Anonymous
    January 10, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Our cat was upstairs when the earthquake started but ran down after it was over. Afterwards seemed to start looking around and get nervous at times and several times I noted what time it was and then found later that there were aftershocks at those times or just after that I didn’t feel.

    Usually larger quakes are followed by aftershocks and most have at least one aftershock that almost equals the original quake. If I had things fall over and out of shelves I probably wouldn’t put them back just yet and might move any glass item that wasn’t already broken to the floor or another safer spot.

  131. January 10, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Neither of our cats showed any advance awareness that I could see. One blasted out of the house the moment we opened the door (3-5 seconds in), the other — very old — hid in her personal cave.

  132. January 10, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Forgot to add… it was a few hours before the outdoors cat was willing to stay inside again.

  133. didn't feel a thing
    January 10, 2010 at 11:59 am

    WE were driving in Ferndale when the quake hit and we didn’t feel a thing but we did note that some cows just spontaneously started running and, being greenhorns and all, we just thought “it must be feeding time.” I guess I did see a car parked outside a dairy moving back and forth but of course my sick mind just thought it was some dairy workers “getting busy” in the backseat. I am a survivor of the both the Sylmar and Northridge earthquakes and so I’m glad I didnt feel this one.

  134. Blue Laker
    January 10, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Someone asked about animals. My bird feeders are usually loaded on a daily basis. Lots of birds. So far today nothing. Not one bird has come to the feeders. Very quiet here in Blue Lake, very odd.

  135. Emperor Norton
    January 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Glad you’re all ok. Gotta go – lots of stuff to clean up here.

  136. January 10, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    My cat was snoozing before the quake. She bolted out the back door when it hit and it was several hours before we could coax her back inside. First news I could find on the quake was KHUM. Love ’em.

  137. jigs
    January 10, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    No pre-sensory behavior in my two cats – but they both had great practical sense and immediately dashed under the bed when the quake did its WHAM thing a few seconds in. And hours later we’re getting the velcro treatment from the kitties – they’re attaching themselves to us a lot more than usual.

  138. Big Al
    January 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    any word on Costco? always wondered how it would do…

  139. January 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Scroll on back to Jan 9, 7:15, or search the page for Costco.

  140. Anonymous
    January 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Last week my snowshoe siamese cat started acting in uncommon ways, choosing not to to sleep at the foot of the bed (on top of my covers, as usual). Then on Thursday after its morning 5:00 A.M. outdoors break it came in and would not come out from under my bed, at 6:00 a A.M., so I left it in all day while I went to work, returning at 6:00P.M.(this is the first time for me not to get the cat to go out) I mentioned this in phone conversations to my brother and sister in Redding. I also asked my neighbor with numerous cats and she had not noticed anything different with her animals, she reported no unusual actions. While raking my yard about 5 minutes before the quake I also noted my “zippy” cat acting somewhat spooked and acting differently to my outdoor work. At this time also about +- 5 minutes before the quake a pileated wood pecker and the night herrons and the crows that live in the woods behind me all started to first with wood pecker then the herrons squawk then the crows caw and birds chirpping which I also noted as Unusual. The quake sure unnerved me I literaly staggered around in circles trying to keep my balance. My neighbor noticed a swoosh of air at the time of the quake on a previously calm semi-overcast day. Luckily no damage but I did finally screw my flat screen TV to the cabinet, as I should have done before the quake. I don’t think this quake was as noisy as the 92 quake.

  141. Eric Kirk
    January 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    My cat was singing Moon River at the top of her little lungs just hours before the quake. Should have heeded the warning.

  142. Anonymous
    January 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Great job Jeff and Virginia, Jimmy Smith and a lot of others too, but where was Bonnie? Bet you she shows up for the press conference.

    Leadership comes from setting an example not from taking credit.

  143. Anonymous
    January 10, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Bet she cries too!

  144. Big Al
    January 10, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    duh, thanks Mitch, don’t know how I missed that…

  145. didn't feel a thing
    January 10, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Just heard on the times standard that a haz-mat team is headed to College of the Redwoods because there have been reports of chemical odors coming from the biology labs and chemical storage spaces. Does anyone have any other info on this?

  146. michele
    January 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Amazing damage to old town buildings i have a few pictures looking how to post them

  147. January 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I’m about to post some photos and will post yours if you email them. humboldtherald (at) gmail.

  148. michele
    January 10, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    so if you check out this address you will find some photos from today


  149. Anonymous
    January 10, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Anonymous 10:25 and 1:02 –

    Jeff’s mom and Virginia’s husband Matt?

    Didn’t see Jeff down in Old Town, but I saw Larry Glass making sure all were okay.

    (Jeff was later seen in Arkley’s basement mopping up wine and getting verbally whipped.)

  150. Anonymous
    January 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Sidnie, why are we to e-mail the planning department? Wouldn’t make more sense to contact the building department? Planners don’t know shit about structural issues of buildings.

  151. January 10, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    http://eurekaearthquake.wordpress.com/ Heraldo! my first blog!

  152. A MUD volunteer
    January 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    The KMUD programmers are unpaid volunteers. Not everyone is going to be equal in skill. I thought Lisa did a fine job appropriate to the situation–it wasn’t an emergency in KMUD’s primary area. People of course want reassurance, but why isn’t every half hour enough in a non-emergency situation?

    It wasn’t a SoHum emergency. When Lisa said it was primarily Ferndale/Eureka, I went to KHUM and they yammered on and on, but only had new/real info every 20 minutes or half hour or so. And they played some music too.

    On the weekend, a KMUD programmer is likely to be alone in the studio, with no access to computers unless they have their own laptop with them because the business offices are locked up. If phones go down, they aren’t going to have much access to information Lisa was lucky to have supportive friends hanging out with her who jumped in to help–Thanks Y’all!

    Cynthia and Terri are part time employees. There are volunteer community journalists who help with the workload. In a non-emergency situation, if the DJ has info going ok, I don’t see why news staff should come in. They aren’t going to get paid for it. During the fires, they are logging a lot of unpaid and high effort time. Give them a break. If this were a serious emergency, someone would have made their way there. But also remember that some staff will be coming in from outlying areas. Instant Action!News! just isn’t going to happen.

    If you want to see more, remember that KMUD is a COMMUNITY radio station. Get involved. Find out how you can join or support the community journalism program. Make a pledge and if you can, make it even bigger. It’s not a for profit organization with commercials generating income. KMUD can only put out to its community what its community puts into KMUD.

  153. January 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I live North of Eureka but I tuned to KMUD immediately after the quake because of its fine reputation for local coverage.

    I understand that the programmers are volunteers, and they certainly don’t deserve the bashing they’ve received. But I wish the programmer had come on after every song to give people the frequency of stations that WERE giving coverage. To say a 6.5 earthquake in the area that your signal reaches is not a local emergency is just kind of silly.

    Radio people might think everyone knows where to tune. We don’t.

  154. Lisa
    January 10, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    So sorry to hear that my reporting of the earthquake on KMUD Radio wasn’t up to some of our listeners standards. As a fellow programmer has already mentioned, I was alone in studio A when the quake occurred. As soon as the rumbling stopped, I went on the air to confirm that we had just experienced an earthquake. I said that I will soon return with more detailed information. Within minutes, I had the full report of the occurrence, came back on and announced the location, depth, etc. I also said that we would bring more info to our listeneers soon as it was obtained.

    Proceeding the initial report, I continuously broke in with reports of where outage of power was (including the PG&E toll free #), the range of distance where it was felt, damages occurring (the mall and Ferndale), KHSU loosing power for a short time, CNN’s coverage, etc….

    KMUD’s phones were ringing NON STOP for approx. 45 min. following the quake and I was truly blessed to have a few close friends that happened to be at the studio to help answer the phones and deal with the initial crisis that some people were feeling.

    As soon as the next dj’s appeared, they took all the info that was accumulated so far and tried to do a recap on everything mentioned, along with gathering new info thru the evening.

    Yes, I admit, I still played some requests and pop music to sooth some souls. Although our news directors did not come down to KMUD, I feel that we (myself and some fellow volunteers) kept KMUD listeners informed to what had occurred on the North Coast in regards to the sudden earthquake.

    KMUD has a policy that we need to be very scrupulous to who we put over the air from our the phone lines and to what we can mention as being factual. During the quakes aftermath, I took the steps that I felt were appropriate for KMUD Community Radio. I was in contact with our station’s manager and followed the procedure that seemed adequate. As stated above, I’m sorry if it wasn’t enough for some of our listener’s ears. I chose to play music rather than to repeat the same info more than every 15-20 minutes. I did updates continuously. Fortunately we did have many callers who mentioned that they were grateful that KMUD was on the air and providing them with the immediate news coverage.

    Thank you and I’m glad your all safe…….Lisa Luv

  155. Blanche
    January 11, 2010 at 8:20 am

    A couple of my animals were really acting strange enough do that I asked my husband if we should call the vet. That morning I woke up and had dreamed there had been an earthquake in the middle of the night. A few days before, for some crazy reason, I checked the pantry and said to myself, “Okay, we are good if there is an earthquake.” And the morning of, I asked my husband to check the lock on the china cabinet to make sure it was secure. Spooky.

  156. Violet
    January 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm


    There was an earthquake January 4.It was a 4.1 two miles from Redway. You may have felt it in your sleep.

  157. Cheese Dick
    January 12, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks Lisa Luv!
    I’m glad you were confident enough to play some tunes to soothe the unwashed masses. Sure, once I heard your report, I figured “that’s all folks…case closed”. Lisa Lisa Lisa…Next time consider that your listeners might be little old ladies sitting in the dark with a battery powered radio, waiting, hoping for a human voice to soothe them. Makes everyone feel less alone. No banjo tunes needed during a crisis.

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