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Magnitude 5.3 offshore Eureka, CA

Information from the UCB & USGS Menlo Park
Location: 37 km W of Eureka, CA
40.8290 -124.6058
Date & Time (Local): 2002/06/17
Date & Time (UTC): 2002/06/17
Depth (km): 19.55
Mw: (Preferred) 5.3
Ml: 5.1

This earthquake occurred in the most seismically active area in California. The Cape Mendocino region is part of a complex geological area, where the Pacific, North America, and Gorda plates meet, and is known as a "triple junction". A magnitude 5.8 earthquake occurred near here in March of 2000.

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