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Little California tsunami risk from British Columbia earthquake

November 17, 2009 |  8:17 am

A large earthquake off the coast of British Columbia this morning does not pose a major tsunami risk for California, according to federal officials.

Na-candaquake18 The magnitude 6.6 temblor struck this morning in the Queen Charlotte Islands region off the west coast of Canada. There was no immediate word of injuries or damage.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that "no destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historic earthquake and tsunami data."

Two months ago, a temblor on the Pacific Ocean did prompt a warning about possible tsunami activity in Southern California, prompted lifeguards to close some beaches. But any rise in water level was so tiny that no one noticed it.

-- Shelby Grad