Breaking news: Strong earthquake in California


Officials at the National Weather Service say that there is no threat of tsunami after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Petrolia, just southwest of Eureka, California.

According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake epicenter was 24 miles west of Petrolia, relatively close to the coastline, and at a depth of four miles. It occurred shortly after noon.

The quake triggered the ShakeAlert system, sending out alerts to cell phones of people in the area.

USGS indicated that it might have been felt weakly as far north as Brookings or Gold Beach, or Redding in the Northern California interior. Stronger readings would have been limited to the imediate coastline, which is not a highly populated area.

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