California & West Coast On High Alert After Magnitude 5.7 Earthquake

Bridget Mulroy
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Following a violent magnitude 5.7 earthquake in the Pacific, the threat of a tsunami was considered for California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and the west coast of Canada. Fortunately, any potential tsunami waves weakened as they traveled toward the coastline. Within a few hours following the initial earthquake, all concerns of a tsunami were retracted.

Since California is amongst the most significant points of impact if a tsunami were triggered by a seismic event in the Pacific, California’s earthquake and tsunami response systems have been some of the first to assess the risk.

The earthquake mentioned here today has been documented by USGS, CalTech, EarthquakeTrack, Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, and Alaska Earthquake Observatory – all credible and globally recognized seismic activity monitoring systems. UTC is an abbreviation for Coordinated Universal Time.

Magnitude 5.7 Earthquake Struck 100 km South of Isangel, Vanuatu: On 5 November 2023 at 3:29 PM UTC, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck East of New Caledonia at a depth of 31.6 km.


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Hi, I’m Bridget. I’m based in Red Bank, New Jersey, Calabasas, California, & Manhattan, New York. I cover geology, seismology, botany, biology, & community news. USGS Verified ✅

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