Powerful quake strikes near California

Last updated 19:10 10/03/2014

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Officials say a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Sunday night (local time) off the coast of northern California, but there were no early signs of a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey says the temblor struck at 5:18 GMT (6.18pm in New Zealand) about six kilometres beneath the Pacific seabed and about 80 kilometres west of Eureka.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, which oversees most of the populated areas near the quake, says there have been no calls about damage or injuries.

USGS seismologist Susan Hoover says more than 300 people have reported feeling the temblor on their website.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a statement on the quake, but not a watch or an advisory.

More details soon. 

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- AP

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