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No risk of tsunami in California following Taiwan earthquake, officials say


Authorities say there is no tsunami threat to California and the US west coast after a powerful earthquake shook the coast of Taiwan on Tuesday evening.

The US Geological Survey recorded an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5. Tsunami warnings were issued for parts of Taiwan and Japan.

The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center said it had studied the quake and determined that the West Coast was not at risk. Some areas, however, “could experience non-damaging changes in sea level.” The agency did not specify which areas might see changes.

Since 1800, California has been hit by more than 150 tsunamis, according to the California Geological Survey. Few of those that hit the coast caused any deaths or damage.

Two of the largest occurred in March 2011, when a tsunami struck the California coast 10 hours after the devastating 9.1 magnitude earthquake in Japan. A tsunami with 21-foot waves followed the 9.2 Alaska earthquake in 1965. Ten people were killed when the tsunami crashed into Crescent City, California.


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