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Earthquake Strikes Off California Coast

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Near EUREKA, Calif. — A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California Sunday night, and many Oregonians reported feeling the tremor.

It hit about 50 miles west of Eureka, and so far authorities say there was no damage or a tsunami.

Scientists at Oregon State University say that’s due to the type of earthquake it was. They classify it as a strike slip earthquake, where fault lines rub against each other. They say that’s different from the often deadly subduction zone quakes.

“These subduction zone earthquakes…are some of the most dangerous because they’re both large and they can generate tsunamis,” said OSU professor Robert Harris.

Scientists say there have been at least 20 aftershocks and more are expected within the next few days.

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