(THE SUN) – A HUGE 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Oregon on America’s West Coast today.
The quake, which registered 188 miles from the coastal city of Bandon, has sparked fears the so-called “Big One” could hit California any time now.
It was recorded at a depth of around six miles but no tsunami warning has yet been issued, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
A cluster of 16 “significant” movements, all above magnitude 4.5, hit on Monday following 53 that shook the region along the disaster zone on Sunday.
They rattled Indonesia, Bolivia, Japan and Fiji but didn’t reach the western coast of the US, which sits on the horseshoe-shaped Ring of Fire fault line.
It is formed of a string of 452 volcanoes and sites of high seismic activity that encircle the Pacific Ocean.
Fears are now growing California’s “Big One” could be on the way – a 9.0 magnitude earthquake that would tear through the West coast of the US and cause a tsunami.