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The 6.5-Mw earthquake that struck off the shore of northern California on Saturday created widespread blackouts in several coastal communities. Although the quake left behind a trail of frazzled nerves, broken dishes, and cracked walls, it caused only minor structural damages and no major health injuries.

In a press conference, Calif. State Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro pointed out that the area was fortunate to avoid a major catastrophe, saying, “On the whole, I think we dodged a bullet. It could have been far, far worse.”

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