Magnitude 4.4 earthquake rattles Willamette Valley

It occurred at about 5:52 a.m. about 9.3 miles from Lacomb, Oregon, southeast of Salem.

LINN COUNTY, Ore. – The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a magnitude 4.4 earthquake in Linn County on Friday morning. It occurred at about 5:52 a.m. about 9.3 miles from Lacomb, Oregon, southeast of Salem.

The initial USGS report said the quake had a magnitude of 4.2. There were no immediate reports of major damage or serious injuries, according to the coordinators of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

“Level 4.4 only happens maybe once every five to 10 years. I mean, it’s not a really common thing,” said Dr. Scott Burns, professor of geology at Portland State University.

Burns said Friday’s 4.4 quake was unusually large for western Oregon. But he doesn’t believe that is the premise of a 9.0-magnitude earthquake known as a “major earthquake” that has a 37 percent chance of hitting the Pacific Northwest within the next 50 years.

“We’re starting to think of huge things like a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, like an asteroid coming from outer space,” said Chris Goldfinger, a professor of marine geology at Oregon State University. top. It sounds like everything west of I-5 will be wiped off the face of the earth, but it’s not. “

Goldfinger has been studying the conditions for the “big one” for over 30 years. He said those who would be affected by it would be along the coast, but those in the valley would have little to worry about.

“When a big bang happens, the people most affected will be on the coast,” Goldfinger said. “Because they don’t just have tremors or landslides and buildings back and forth, they also have a chance of a tsunami.”

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Many people around the Willamette Valley informed KGW and wrote on social media that they felt the quake. Some as far south as Oakridge and others as far north as Camas, Washington, said they felt the tremors.

Sandi Alex writes on the KGW Facebook page.

“I’m in Lebanon, it wakes up the house, the pictures knock the walls,” Tanya Maria wrote in a blog post. parcel on Twitter.

Sani O’Regan writes on Twitter.

Barry Lieberman, who lives in Vancouver near Salmon Creek, wrote on Facebook: ‘Wondering why the house was shaking and didn’t hear any helicopters passing, so thought it was an earthquake.

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) asks anyone who feels tremors to fill out an online report. PNSN monitors earthquakes and volcanoes in Washington and Oregon.

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