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No tsunami risk after earthquake hits California coast, officials say

No tsunami risk after earthquake hits California coast, officials say
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit off Humboldt County, Calif., on Monday afternoon, but the U.S. Geological Survey said no risk of a tsunami existed. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A magnitude 6.2 earthquake off the coast of California, setting off warning alarms Monday afternoon, but the U.S. Geological Survey said no risk of a tsunami existed.

The earthquake occurred off the coast of Humboldt County, about 25 miles west of Petrolia, according to scientists.

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The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake hit around 12:10 p.m. PST on Monday.

The earthquake triggered the ShakeAlert system along that section of the California coast.

Although no risk of an ensuing tsunami existed, the USGS cautioned anyone living in the area to be cautious because of the risk of aftershocks.

People in the San Francisco Bay Area felt the effects of the quake, according to CBS, as well as both Lake and Mendocino counties.

No injuries were immediately reported.

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