Small undersea quake occurs off California coast

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 3:11 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 8 at 3:11 AM

AVALON, California (AP) — An undersea earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.8 has struck near the Channel Islands off the southern tip of San Clemente Island.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the tremor occurred at 8:31 p.m. Wednesday (0331 GMT Thursday) about 31 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of San Clemente Island and 43 miles (70 kilometers) south of Avalon.

The USGS Web site reported that very light shaking was felt in some Orange County communities, including Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, but police there said they received no calls about the quake.

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