Magnitude 5.9 quake hits off coast of Oregon: USGS

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Posted: Apr 11, 2012 7:04 PM
Magnitude 5.9 quake hits off coast of Oregon: USGS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Oregon on Wednesday and was followed a minute later by a smaller quake off the coast of central California, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quakes were unlikely to trigger a tsunami. The Oregon quake was initially reported as a magnitude 6.2 and the California one as a 5.3. Both were later downgraded.

It was not immediately known whether the quakes caused any damage or casualties.

(Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Paul Simao)