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Strong quake rattles N. California, no damage, injuries reported

/ 01:29 AM March 11, 2014

• Magnitude 6.9 quake struck offshore Sunday night, near border with Oregon

• 401 Filipinos live in the area

• No threat of tsunami seen

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SAN FRANCISCO, California — A magnitude-6.9 offshore earthquake rattled Humboldt County in the Northern California coast near the border with Oregon and was widely felt across the region.

The area is 284 miles or a five-and-half-hour drive from San Francisco, where some aftershocks were felt early Monday morning

Authorities, however, said early Monday that there were no reports of any injuries or damage.

There are only 401 Filipinos in Humboldt County out of the 2,944 Asians living in there, according to the 2010 US Census.

The quake struck at 10:18 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time Sunday and was centered 50 miles west of Eureka and about 4 miles beneath the Pacific seabed, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was followed by about a half-dozen aftershocks, including one of magnitude 4.6.

The quake was felt widely across the region but both fire and sheriff’s officials in Humboldt County said early Monday that they had no reports of any damage or injuries. Humboldt County includes most of the populated areas closest to the epicenter.

By 7 a.m. Monday, the Geological Survey reported 24 aftershocks off the coast with magnitudes ranging from 2.6 to 4.6.

There was no threat of a tsunami from the quakes, said the National Tsunami Warning Center.

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The aftershocks f0llow a shallow quake, and are expected to go on for a while according to a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center.

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