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A strong earthquake (magnitude 6.5) hit off the coast of Northern California today, breaking windows and taking out power lines in some areas. The quake hit at 4:27 pm PT, with the epicenter around 25 miles from Eureka.

Being a Saturday with most of the news media not at work, it was left to Twitter to tell the story, with users posting pics to photo site Twitpic almost immediately.

Here are the most retweeted Twitpics from the incident, all of them from @amyeureka – her full Twitter feed paints a picture of the damage more detailed than any news outlet has achieved.

More Twitpics can be found here.

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