Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Three Small Quakes Off Oregon Coast Sunday, No Alerts

Published 10/09/2016 at 8:51 PM PDT - Updated 10/09/2016 at 8:58 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Small quakes off Coos Bay, Newport

(Oregon Coast) – A trio of small earthquakes hit off the Oregon coast on Sunday, each roughly between 260 to 220 miles west of Coos Bay – and between a magnitude 4.8 and a magnitude 4.1. All were about 6.3 miles deep.

None created a tsunami alert.

The USGS, however, has said two people reported feeling the larger one, which happened at 12:08 p.m. That quake was the farthest from shore.

The first occurred at 5:18 a.m. at a magnitude 4.1 and about 330 miles SW of Portland. It is considered sizable but harmless that far out to sea.

The second also shook at a magnitude 4.1 at 11:51 a.m., situated at 329 miles SW of Portland.

The third at magnitude 4.8 happened at 12:08 p.m. and was 339 miles from Portland.

The one that made big news earlier this past week was the magnitude 3.1 just northwest of Woodburn on October 6. That jolt was felt throughout the Willamette Valley and even parts of the Portland metro area.

Another much larger quake happened a couple hundred miles off Brookings on October 1, clocking in at a magnitude 5.9. This occurred as a series of smaller quakes were also shaking northern California and its coastline.

You can keep up with all earthquake activity along the Oregon coast as well as California, Washington and British Columbia with the Live Earthquake, Tsunami Updates from Oregon Coast, Washington. B.C., California, Alaska section.

These series of quakes happened on a long line of seismic faults that is about 300 miles off the Oregon coast along the Juan de Fuca plate, all part of the Cascadia Subduction Zone. That area runs from southern California all the way up into the shores off British Columbia, and it is a hot zone of seismic activity where the Juan de Fuca Plate and the Pacific Plate are separating. This causes small to larger earthquakes – especially offshore – on a regular basis.

Scientists say this will someday create a much bigger quake that will wreck much of inland Oregon as well as create massive tsunamis along the Oregon coast. These happen about every 300 to 500 years or so. Also see Oregon Coast Geology

More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss

 


 


Coastal Spotlight

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Looking Back: March '64 Tsunami That Wrecked Oregon Coast, Photos
On March 27, 1964, it was anything but a good Friday when the infamous Good Friday quake hit Alaska
Chillin' in Retrospect: Oregon Coast in the Snow
When snow does hit the Oregon coast it's always a grand entrance
From March 25: No Tsunami Threat for Oregon, Washington Coast, Hawaii
An updated special statement about an earthquake offshore from Russia, saying there is no threat. South coast
View Oregon Coast Whale Watch Week Online: Updated Daily (Orca Footage)
Luckily, you can still watch them as you 'shelter at home' and perhaps keep your sanity a little longer
When a Mysterious Shipwreck Popped Up Out of Nowhere: Oregon Coast History
Ten years ago, a 100-year-old surprise popped up on the north Oregon coast, essentially forgotten by time
Oregon Coast, Washington Slowly Close Down Beaches, Towns: Latest Shutdowns
State parks around Oregon are shut down, some towns have closed themselves to tourists, with many beach accesses now closed off. South coast, warnings
Be at the Oregon Coast from Afar - Living It Vicariously
There are indeed ways to check out these lovely beaches from afar - digitally. Washington coast, south coast, sciences
The Little Critter That Looks Like a Spaceship on Oregon / Washington Coast
It's called the longnose skate: a dark, sleek and thin creature. Sciences, South Coast

 







 

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted

Oregon Coast Lodging
Rentals
Specials

Dining

Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Travel News

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Virtual Tours, Maps
Deep Details