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FERNDALE - A strong earthquake, magnitude, 6.5, struck
off the coast of Ferndale in northern California
On Saturday, JANUARY 9, 2009
in the afternoon a 4:27 PM
Pacific time (California Time) = 7:27 PM (19:27) New York time

The quake's epicenter was offshore 22 miles (35 km)
west-northwest of Ferndale, California,
at a depth of 10.2 miles (16 km), the USGS said.

The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
said there was no tsunami watch or warning in effect.

Ferndale, a town of about 1,400 people, is 265 miles (426 km)
north of San Francisco and 12 miles (19 km) south of Eureka, California,
a coastal city of about 26,000 that's 110 miles south of the Oregon border.

A 6.5 earthquake is capable of causing damage or injuries,
but there have been no reports of either.  

An earthquake of this strength is not typically expected to trigger a tsunami

Initial reports from the U.S. Geological Survey
indicate the quake was felt from the Bay area to southern Oregon.