Magnitude 5.5 earthquake reported in northern California
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck waters outside Northern California on Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
The USGS said the quake was reported around 11:45 a.m. Sunday. It was detected 63 miles west of Petrolia and 74 miles southwest of Eureka.
The earthquake’s epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean. Officials say the depth of the earthquake was about 1.3 miles.
USGS ShakeMap recorded the earthquake’s epicenter as 6.8 on the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, but this intensity was not felt on land – the USGS reported that the intensity in Petrolia was 3.7.
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The Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, a scale that measures the intensity of earthquakes, considers anything between 6 and 7 to be “strong”.
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Earthquakes with an intensity of 6 or greater are noticed by almost everyone and are virtually guaranteed to cause some level of damage. Because the earthquake was far from land, the intensity was not as high on the coast.
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There were no reports of injuries or damage immediately after the earthquake was reported.