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A 6.0 magnitude earthquake was recorded almost 800 miles off the Southern California coast Tuesday night, an “oddball” event that made little impact but drew intrigue from scientists because of its location.
“It’s a decent size, but that’s a location that is just not common,” said Susan Hough, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena. “I’ve been watching earthquakes for going on 40 years, and I don’t remember anything that big in that location.” The temblor occurred roughly in line with San Diego.
Since 1900, there have been only 10 other recorded earthquakes in the north Pacific Ocean off Southern California’s coast — and of the temblors more than 500 miles from the coast, all measured under 5.0 magnitude, according to the USGS.
Tuesday’s earthquake occurred just before 10 p.m., and as of Wednesday morning, no aftershocks had been recorded, Hough said. She said because of its location, the seismic activity is unlikely to have caused any damage or had any other effects, though she said nearby boats could have felt the movement.
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