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A swarm of small earthquakes strikes Pacific Ocean off Northern California coast

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At least five small earthquakes rattled the Pacific Ocean southwest of Eureka off the Northern California coastline Saturday and Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

The largest had a magnitude of 4.8, and there were no reports of any damage associated with the quakes, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The earthquakes in the ocean above a magnitude of 2.5 reported by the USGS on Saturday and Sunday include:

  • A 3.1 magnitude quake at 9:17 p.m. PDT Saturday in the Pacific Ocean.
  • A 3.3 magnitude quake at 11:29 p.m. Saturday about 156 miles west of Ferndale, California, which lies south of Eureka.

  • A 4.3 magnitude quake at 11:32 p.m. Saturday in the Pacific Ocean.

  • A 4.8 magnitude quake at 11:46 p.m. Saturday in the Pacific Ocean about 164 miles west of Ferndale.

  • A 3.2 magnitude quake at 12:12 a.m. Sunday in the Pacific Ocean about 170 miles west of Ferndale.

A sixth quake in the cluster struck on land 18 miles northwest of Petrolia, California, at 2:13 a.m. Sunday. It had a magnitude of 2.8.

California is expanding an early earthquake warning system that could give people as long as a minute to prepare for a disaster.

Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.


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