Earthquake of 6.2 magnitude hits California

San Francisco:  According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale jolted California. The quake struck 38 kilometres west of Petrolia at 12:10 p.m. on Monday, according to reports citing the USGS.

The epicentre was located at 40.315 degrees north latitude and 124.739 degrees west longitude, with a depth of 9.3 kilometres. "A tsunami is not expected," said the US Tsunami Warning Centers following the quake.

According to the USGS, no tsunami warning, advisory, watch, or threat was issued, and there is a low likelihood of casualties. "Some damage is possible, but the impact should be limited," it said. The USGS added, the CA area last experienced an earthquake of this magnitude in 1993, when one person died. The recent earthquakes in the area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides and liquefaction, which may have contributed to the losses.

Although no evacuation orders were issued by the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, a few roads were closed due to rockslides. According to the US Geological Survey, the economic losses were less than USD 10 million, and there were no fatalities.

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