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No California tsunami warning from magnitude 7.9 American Samoa earthquake

September 29, 2009 | 11:46 am

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck in Pacific Ocean near American Samoa today, but officials have not issued a tsunami warning for the California coast.

The temblor hit about 10:48 p.m. PDT, and there was no immediate word of injuries or damage.

Federal authorities said it's unclear whether the quake formed a tsunami -- but even if it did, there is no danger to the Pacific coast of California, Oregon or Washington at this time.

Officials did issue a watch for the Hawaiian Islands as well as other island areas, including New Zealand and New Guinea.

American Samoa is more than 4,000 miles from Los Angeles.

-- Shelby Grad