Saturday, November 30, 2013

[californiadisasters] 5.5 Quake Occurs off Northern California

5.5 quake occurs off Northern California

By Gary Robbins

San Diego Union-Tribune
9:46 p.m.Nov. 30, 2013

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake erupted beneath the seafloor at 7:19 p.m. Saturday, roughly 135 miles northwest of Eureka, in Northern California, says the US Geological Survey. The epicenter also was situated 111 miles west of Brookings, Oregon. The government did not issue a tsunami warning for the West Coast.

Such distant, deep sea quakes are not unusual off Northern California. In October, a 4.9 quake occurred about 33 miles northwest of Eureka, in a region that has produced many major quakes over the past century. A quake like the one that hit Saturday night could be followed by a larger event, though that rarely happens.



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