Earthquake shakes Pacific west of Oregon; No tsunami threat

Tonight’s earthquake was centered well off the Oregon coast beneath the Pacific Ocean. Image: USGS

An earthquake struck well west of the Oregon coast this afternoon, but it was not strong enough to create a tsunami threat. “There is NO tsunami hazard from this earthquake,” the National Weather Service’s National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska said after the 6:12 p.m. local time quake.

Based on a rapid preliminary assessment of the earthquake, the National Tsunami Warning Center added that additional information would come from the USGS, if needed. “This will be the only message from the US National Tsunami Warning Center issued for this event, unless additional information becomes available,” their bulletin concluded.

The quake was measured as a magnitude 4.7 event at a depth of 25 miles off the Oregon coast. Specifically, the earthquake’s epicenter was at 44.2 north and 129.5 west. While the earthquake occurred in the middle of the Blanco Fracture Zone, no other seismic activity of any kind has been reported here in the past 7 days, according to the USGS. While 6 people reported to the USGS that they felt the quake along the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington, it was not a widely felt event due to its remote location. offshore and deep under water.

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