by Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey

 The U. S. Geological Survey on Tuesday recorded a magnitude 6 earthquake almost 800 miles off the California Coast in the North Pacific Ocean. 

The quake struck with a depth of about 6 miles at approximately 9:53 p.m pacific time, according to the USGS. About 81 people across California's coastal regions reported feeling the quake. 

According to the National Weather Service, the quake was “considered too small and too far away from the coast” for a Tsunami warning. 

“Also, sea level data collected on the closest DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis) buoy 46407 indicates that there has been no vertical uplift in the water column,”NWS added. 

The USGS tweeted “Being a significant underwater earthquake is not sufficient to generate a tsunami. The quake also has to move the seafloor vertically, which is not what this quake did.” 

“While we occasionally see intraplate (away from plate boundaries) seismicity in the pacific, the source of stresses in the mid-ocean is difficult to assess because of their remoteness,” wrote USGS.  

Visit the USGS for more information about the earthquake. The website also shows past and most recent earthquakes. 


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