California earthquake warning: 6.3 magnitude quake rocks US West Coast amid Big One fears

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
By Paul Martin

A MASSIVE 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of California as the Ring of Fire continues to show signs of increased activity.

Wed, Aug 22, 2018

The tremor was about 100 miles off the coast of the California-Oregon State border.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) initially recorded the earthquake as magnitude 6.5, it was then downgraded to 6.3 and it has since been reevaluated to 6.2.

Experts have warned of no damage to buildings, and there has been no tsunami warning issued for now.

The earthquake hit along the Ring of Fire – where more than 60 tremors have hit in the last few days.

The Ring of Fire is the largest and most active fault line in the world, stretching from New Zealand, all around the east coast of Asia, over to Canada and the USA and all the way down to the southern tip of South America and causes more than 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes.

Experts know that the Ring of Fire has to potential to unleash some catastrophic quakes – and a spate in the last 24 hours has some concerned.

The strongest of which was a magnitude 8.2 which struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga but there have been many others, including a 4.5 magnitude earthquake in the Indonesian island of Lombok.

Seismologists believe that the unsettling of the Ring of Fire could lead to a catastrophic earthquake somewhere around the globe, and California has been touted as a possible destination.

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