Series of Small Quakes Tiptoe Across the North Coast, 2.7 Near Ferndale This Morning

Starting yesterday, a series of small quakes popped off across the North Coast. The most recent, at 10:49 a.m., was a small 2.7 that was centered off the mouth of the Mattole River.

Traditional wisdom states that a series of small quakes eases the stress on a fault line. However, California’s Department of Conservation says that is a myth. “[W]hile a small quake may temporarily ease stress on a fault line, it does not prevent a large temblor.”

Series of quakes

Yellow squares are quakes in the last week, blue in the last day, and red in the last hour. This is a snapshot taken about 11:30 a.m. (From recent earthquake map here.)



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