A magnitude 6 earthquake hits the Ring of Fire 750 miles off the coast of California — just a week after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck San Francisco — but no tsunami warning is issued
- A magnitude 6 earthquake struck Tuesday night in the Ring of Fire, just 750 miles off the coast of California
- The quake struck deep in the ocean and only about 80 people felt it between Santa Rosa and San Francisco
- The earthquake struck at a depth of six miles but did not cause “a vertical uplift of the water column.”
- It is now the strongest earthquake to hit the region since a magnitude 6.0 quake hit Napa in 2014
- It came a week after San Francisco was hit at a magnitude of 5.1
A magnitude 6 earthquake struck in the Ring of Fire just 750 miles off the coast of California, but no tsunami warning is issued.
A massive earthquake struck the Pacific Ocean just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, just a week after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck San Francisco, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).
The quake struck deep in the ocean and only about 80 people felt it between Santa Rosa and San Francisco.
It is now the region’s strongest earthquake since a 6.0 magnitude quake in Napa in 2014 that damaged buildings and injured more than 100 people.
The earthquake struck at a depth of six miles and was about 737 miles from Big Sur and about 750 from San Francisco.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in the Bay Area said it would not issue a tsunami warning because the national disaster was “considered too small and too far offshore to issue a tsunami product” as it was more than 1,000 km away was a path.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, 750 miles off the coast of San Francisco. It was six miles deep and only about 80 people said they felt the tremor
The National Weather Service said it would not issue a tsunami warning because the quake struck more than 1,000 km from the coast
Hawaii also does not have a tsunami warning.
Sea level data collected by Deep-Ocean Assessment and Report of Tsunamis (DART) also showed that the earthquake did not cause “vertical uplift of the water column,” NWS Bay Area reported.
The earthquake occurred in the Ring of Fire, also known as the Circum-Pacific Belt, an area with a large number of active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes.
Last week, San Francisco was hit with a magnitude of 5.1. It was widely felt throughout the Bay Area, with residents as far north as Fairfield, as far east as Stockton, and as far south as Salinas reporting shaking.
The quake was then followed by a magnitude 3.1 aftershock, but the National Weather Service said it doesn’t expect any tsunamis to follow.
But neither San Jose nor Santa Cruz officials have yet reported any injuries or damage.
A 5.1 magnitude earthquake (pictured) struck San Francisco last week
Several Californians reported that the new Shake Alert system gave them about five to 10 seconds to prepare for the quake before it struck on October 25.
As a result, some buildings across the Bay Area were evacuated as residents feared the earthquake would cause massive damage.
According to the Earthquake Information Center, California experiences two or three earthquakes every year.