Shortly after 8AM local time on Thursday, the US Geological Survey recorded a 6.3 magnitude earthquake which hit right off the coast of Oregon.
The epicenter of the quake was 150 miles off the coast in the Pacific Ocean. The exact time at which it was recorded was 8:07AM. The depth of the quake is thought to be around 5.4 kilometers.
USGS’ website reported that several people reported feeling the tremor. Additionally, the quake was felt in Washington as well. However, it was recorded as a significant earthquake by the Geological Survey. There does not seem to a danger of a tsunami, which is good news for Oregon.
There has not been any news regarding damage or injuries resulting from the quake.
Paul Bodin, manager of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington, said the quake was due to the Blanco Fracture Zone and not the Cascadia Fault. The latter is overdue for a tremor or quake soon. Over the last 10 days, tremors from the Cascadia tectonic plate boundary have been shaking up the Pacific Northwest.
However, these tremors are not detected by humans, only machines. The range seems to be around the Olympic Peninsula and from Eugene to the Siskiyou Mountains along the Oregon-California border.
This article is being updated as more information comes out about the Oregon earthquake.
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