(Adds no immediate report of damage, previous WASHINGTON)
SAN FRANCISCO Jan 9 A strong, 6.5-magnitude
earthquake hit off the coast of northern California on
Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
There were no immediate reports of damage from the offshore
quake, which was 22 miles (35 km) west-northwest of Ferndale,
California, at a depth of 10.2 miles (16 km), the USGS said.
The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said there
was no tsunami watch or warning in effect.
Ferndale, a town of about 1,400 people, is 265 miles
(426 km) north of San Francisco and 12 miles (19 km) south of
On Friday, Silicon Valley in northern California, home to a
number of large technology companies, was shaken by a light 3.8
magnitude earthquake, following a a 4.1 magnitude quake in the
same region on Thursday.
(Additional reporting by Poornima Gupta; Editing by Peter