Over the Super Bowl weekend, nearly a dozen earthquakes struck within a relatively small region just off the coast of Northern California, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
The 11 quakes ranged in magnitude between 2.9 and 4.5 on the Richter scale.
The first of the quakes occurred beneath the ocean, around 11 miles west of Petrolia, a small community of about 500 people located in Humboldt County. It struck at 4:30 p.m. PT on Friday with a magnitude of 2.9, at a depth of 4.5 miles.
But it was followed more than 10 hours later by a 4.3 magnitude quake which struck around 4 miles east early Saturday morning. After that, four more earthquakes hit the same area over the course of the day, although the last of them occurred closer to the coast.
Then on Super Bowl Sunday, four quakes struck in quick succession between 2:18 p.m. and 4:05 p.m. PT, all within 8 and 10 miles west of Petrolia.
The 2:18 p.m. tremor was the largest of them, measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale. It was powerful enough that people located as far north as McKinleyville and as far south as Mendocino reported feeling it.
Finally, the most recent quake struck with a magnitude of 2.8 at around 8 p.m. PT on Sunday, over 5 miles west of Petrolia.
At present, there have been no reports of any damage or injuries relating to the quakes, and officials from the National Weather Service in Eureka said there was no risk of a tsunami.
The area where the earthquakes struck is particularly geologically active because it is located within what’s known as the Cascadia Subduction Zone, where two tectonic plates converge.
The Last Day prophecies of the Holy Bible foretell earthquakes as a sign of the Last Days at the end of this age.
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