Powerful earthquake strikes off N. Calif. coast

EUREKA, Calif.

 Officials say a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Sunday night off the coast of Northern California, but there were no early signs of a tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the temblor struck at 9:18 p.m. PDT about four miles beneath the Pacific seabed and about 50 miles west of Eureka.

USGS seismologist Susan Hoover says more than 300 people have reported feeling the temblor on their website.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a statement on the quake, but not a watch or an advisory.

earthquakes-world-map_small Powerful earthquake strikes off N. Calif. coast

The Biggest Earthquake in History

Chile, 1960 – Magnitude 9.5

Approximately 1,655 people were killed during the largest earthquake ever recorded. Thousands more were injured, and millions were left homeless. Southern Chile suffered $550 million USD in damage.

The quake triggered a tsunami that killed 61 people in Hawaii, 138 in Japan and 32 in the Philippines.

The earthquake ruptured where the Nazca Plate dives underneath the South American Plate, on the Peru-Chile Trench.

As massive and deadly as Japan’s recent magnitude 9.0 earthquake was, it’s not the world’s biggest recorded quake.

It is Japan’s largest quake, but dating back to 1900, four other earthquakes of magnitude 9.0 or greater have ruptured across the globe, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). We countdown the top 10 biggest recorded earthquakes in the world.