Tsunami Alert Shakes Up California Coast

posted by / News / June 15, 2005

Residents along the West Coast were breathing a sigh of relief Wednesday after an earthquake {{{90}}} miles off shore didn’t trigger the tsunami that officials initially feared might follow.

The 7.0 quake Tuesday night roiled the waters off the northern California coast, triggering a brief tsunami warning and the evacuation of thousands of residents from a community with a history of battling killer waves.

The quake struck at about 7:50 p.m. PT Tuesday about 90 miles southwest of the coastal community of Crescent City and {{{300}}} miles northwest of San Francisco, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A tsunami warning was briefly in effect from the California-Mexico border north to Vancouver Island, Canada, but was called off about an hour after the quake hit. There were no reports of significant damage or injuries.

β€œIt appears from the mechanism of the earthquake that this was a strike-slip event so the motion was horizontal, not the vertical displacement that typically leads to a tsunami,” said Ved Lekic, a seismologist at the University of California Seismographic Station in Berkeley.

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