Update: Sunday Night's 6.9 Earthquake - Campus Safe & Open

March 9, 2014

 Updated 3-10-14 at 10:30 am. 

Humboldt State University is open as usual today, and no major damage was reported following Sunday night’s magnitude 6.9 earthquake.

The earthquake was widely felt throughout Humboldt County, but there have been no reports of major damage or injuries. It lasted for about 30 seconds, shaking homes and knocking some items off store shelves.

The campus did not suffer damage or lose power following the earthquake. Staff assessed the situation immediately, and are conducting a more detailed review today. In addition, Housing staff walked the residence halls last night to reassure students.

As a reminder, when you feel an earthquake Drop, Cover and Hold On. Stay informed by tuning into local news and radio.

Information about earthquake preparedness, tsunami maps and more is available from the Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group at http://www.humboldt.edu/rctwg, or its Facebook page athttp://www.facebook.com/RCTWG.

Also "Like" us on the HSU Emergency Management Facebook to learn how to get prepared.


Updated information about earthquakes are available from the USGS at http://earthquake.usgs.gov and updated tsunami warnings from NOAA are at http://ptwc.weather.gov.

In the case of an emergency, HSU will post information at www.humboldt.edu, 826-INFO and KHSU public radio. Members of the campus community may register for text alerts through their “Personal” or “Contacts” tab in the MyHumboldt portal. Learn more at http://humboldt.edu/emergency


Last night's preliminary message is as follows: 


There is NO TSUNAMI DANGER currently in effect for our area!


An Earthquake has been felt moderately by people in and around the Eureka and Humboldt County area. This earthquake was felt widely, few reports of items off shelves in Arcata and Bayside area. The campus is being inspected and there has been no damage at this time reported.

Preliminary information is that the Quake occurred at 1018 PM with a Magnitude of 6.9 and the epicenter was off coast 48 miles WNW of Ferndale / 40 miles West of Eureka.

Reminder to all -- Drop, Cover and Hold On in the case of aftershocks and stay informed by listening to your local news and radio. This information will be updated as needed and is preliminary from the West Coast Alaska Warning Center and the Eureka Weather Service.

You can obtain more information as it becomes available by calling the HSU Emergency Conditions and Information Hotline is: 826-INFO (4636) or on the HSU Web (www.humboldt.edu/emergency)



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