Historic Earthquakes

Mendocino County, California
1898 April 15 07:07 UTC (local time April 14)
Magnitude 6.8

Two wood-frame houses were wrecked at Greenwood, and one was toppled at Noyo. Chimneys were knocked down in several towns in Mendocino County, including Fort Bragg, Little River, Mendocino, Pine Grove, and Ukiah. Property loss at Point Arena included cracking of the lighthouse tower. Cemetery monuments fell or were twisted on their bases at Mendocino. Landslides and fallen trees made the mountain roads east of Mendocino impassable. A foreshock was felt at Mendocino at 06:45 UTC, and many aftershocks were felt there. The main shock was felt north to Eureka, east to Red Bluff and Willows, and south to San Francisco.

Abridged from Seismicity of the United States, 1568-1989 (Revised), by Carl W. Stover and Jerry L. Coffman, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1527, United States Government Printing Office, Washington: 1993.