An earthquake measuring 5 magnitude on the Richter scale struck off the coast of the US state of California, without any immediate news of material or human losses.

The US Geological Survey said in a report today that the epicenter of the earthquake occurred 167 kilometers southwest of the city of Ferndale, at a depth of eight kilometers.

There were no reports of material or human damage as a result of the earthquake.

California is exposed earthquakes regularly. Seismologists warn that an earthquake capable of causing widespread destruction will most likely hit this state within the next 30 years.

In 1994, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck California, killing at least 60 people and causing damage estimated at $10 billion. A 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit San Francisco County in California in 1989, killing 67 people. (QNA)
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