An earthquake rattled parts of Northern California on Sunday for the second time in two weeks. The 5.4-magnitude quake was centered about 30 miles south of Eureka. On Dec. 20, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake also struck near Eureka.
Now one quake prediction research firm warned that the next big one could be imminent.
On Monday morning, Quake Predictions published a warning that read for the next two days -- there is a "dangerous situation" of the likelihood of a 7.0-magnitude "in the San Francisco Bay to NW of Los Angeles area."
48 hour warning - (Dangerous situation) - WARNING: 7.0 earthquake is likely in the San Francisco Bay to NW of Los Angeles area 01/02 to 01/03- (huge quake signal just hit California) https://t.co/VMyuA1uw32 pic.twitter.com/goGyalmLFc— EarthquakePrediction (@Quakeprediction) January 2, 2023
The warning comes after two sizeable quakes hit Northern California in less than two weeks.
Sunday morning's earthquake was described as "more violent this time," Rio Dell Mayor Debra Garnes told CNN in an interview.
"It was shorter but more violent. My refrigerator moved two feet. Things came out of the refrigerator. There's a crack in my wall from the violence of it," Garnes said.
California has an average of five earthquakes per year with magnitudes between 5 and 6, according to LATimes. And the latest shakings might suggest a long overdue big quake could be nearing.