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.

“It 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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