Some cities in Northern California are asking people to boil their water as clean up and recovery efforts continue in the wake of a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that hit the region early Tuesday.
The Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services put out boil water advisories for the cities of Rio Dell and Fortuna, specifically the Forest Hills subdivision. The advisories were in conjunction with several other county agencies, including the health department.
County officials are asking everyone in those areas boil water for at least one minute before drinking it or using it to cook.
Potable water is available at the following locations, officials said in the post:
- Rio Dell Fire Hall
- 50 West Center Street
- Rio Dell and Rohner Park Pavilion
- 9 Park Street, Fortuna
Some background: There have been at least 80 aftershocks reported Tuesday following the main earthquake — the largest one was in Rio Dell, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci said earlier today.
He described Rio Dell as one of the “hardest hit areas." The director also said water main breaks and other damage had been reported in the city of Fortuna.