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Eeeks Earthquake

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 3:53 AM
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Small earthquake shakes SW Washington

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AMBOY, Wash. – A small earthquake centered in Southwest Washington was felt as far away as Beaverton and Estacada, Ore. Wednesday evening.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The earthquake struck at 5:03 p.m. and was centered about one mile northeast of Amboy, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Many people in Oregon and Washington called KATU News to report feeling the earthquake. Oregon viewers reported shaking from Beaverton to Estacada.

map from the USGS shows people in Southwest Washington felt "light" shaking, while some people in the Portland area felt "weak" shaking.

The earthquake was reported to be a 3.7 magnitude.

Vancouver residents Lisa and Randy Packard said the earthquake was "very forceful" and lasted about eight seconds. Some things on their counter were shaken and turned around.

Joy Plumber of Eagle Creek, Ore. said she "felt her couch shake pretty good."

Krissy Barber in Gresham said it felt like everyone in her apartment building slammed their doors in unison.

"The couch I was on continued to shake for several seconds," she said.

According to USGS geophysicist Rafael Abreu, about 1,000 people reported feeling the quake on its website. He said because the quake happened only a few miles (4 miles or 7.6 kilometers) beneath the surface, it could be widely felt.

"So technically, 7 kilometers is a very, very shallow, very close to the surface (in geological terms) … which is the reason why we're having that many people feeling the effects the quake," he said.

He said the amount of damage that is done by an earthquake depends on how much surface shaking occurs and the distance from the quake's epicenter.

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frndlyfn
by Emerald Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 10:42 AM

BUMP!

Sassy01
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 4:09 PM
nothing felt here in the Gladstone/Oregon City area. i did see this on the news last night, this has kinda peaked my curiosity though because either Monday or Tuesday there was a small quake on the Oregon Coast.
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frndlyfn
by Emerald Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:26 PM

BUMP!

pasteeater
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:28 PM
Lol at 3.7. I don't even feel those and I live on the San Andres fault line. I mean literally it runs right under my house.
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pasteeater
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:31 PM
Alaska had a 7.5 on the fourth and then a six recently. Those are earthquakes.
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frndlyfn
by Emerald Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:35 PM


I missed seeing those on tv.   I thought it was a bit funny people were worried about their lives for such a low quake.  All i had felt was a shaking of my desk like someone walked into it.

We usually hear about the ones up north or down in cali .

Quoting pasteeater:

Alaska had a 7.5 on the fourth and then a six recently. Those are earthquakes.



pasteeater
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 6:38 PM
I think it's funny too. I have to be careful how hard I laugh or the earthquake gods might punish me.


Quoting frndlyfn:


I missed seeing those on tv.   I thought it was a bit funny people were worried about their lives for such a low quake.  All i had felt was a shaking of my desk like someone walked into it.

We usually hear about the ones up north or down in cali .


Quoting pasteeater:

Alaska had a 7.5 on the fourth and then a six recently. Those are earthquakes.




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