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California earthquake reduced to magnitude 6.8 by USGS

California earthquake that struck 50 miles off the coast of Eureka was downgraded to 6.8. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) determined that the powerful quake that shook far Northern California on Sunday night was weaker than orginally thought. According to the Associated Press on Mar. 10, the quake was lowered by a factor of 1.

California earthquake reduced to magnitude 6.8 by USGS.
United States Geological Survey (USGS)

It was felt widely across the region and across the Oregon border, but there were no reports of injuries or damage.

California earthquake has had more than 20 aftershocks so far measuring 3.5 magnitude or higher. Additional aftershocks are expected in the coming days. The original quake measured 6.9 in magnitude with a depth of about 4.3 miles.

This California earthquake was one of the strongest to hit the state in decades. That being said, the fact that it was far off the remote, northern coast and at such a depth, damage was very limited. A tsunami warning was triggered and then called off quickly after.

This quake was felt as far away as San Francisco. The likelihood of a larger quake in the region is set at a 5 to 10 percent chance according to the USGS. The last quake of this size in the region was a 7.2 in 1992. It injured 95 people and caused tens of million of dollars in damage.

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