An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 was reported near the coast of south-central Oregon on Wednesday, prompting fears that the area could soon be hit by a tsunami.
The initial quake struck the region located 170 miles (264 kilometers) west of Coos Bay just after 1.30am, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The earthquake’s epicenter was found to be in the Pacific Ocean approximately 6 miles (10 kilometers) deep of the earth’s surface. The quake also led to an aftershock about 2 hours later with a magnitude of 3.5.
In addition to the city of Portland, the earthquake was also felt in far-off areas like Salem and Coquille in the US, and Vancouver in Canada.
However, no damage or injury was reported, says the Coos Bay police.
People from the Portland are wondering if the area could be affected by a tsunami. But according to Robert Sanders of the USGS, the area doesn’t face a tsunami threat even up to 220 miles southwest of Portland.
The Oregon earthquake came within the ‘Ring of Fire’ – a region that has experienced nearly 70 earthquakes in 48 hours.
The earthquakes happen when 2 tectonic plates shift or move due to heat convection.
In this particular case, the earthquake happened in the Blanco Fracture Zone which has already caused several movements in Coos Bay this year.
The magnitudes of the previous quakes were between 3.5 to 5.5 and Dutchsinse, a geophysics research and earthquake forecasting agency, warned people to prepare for the worst-case scenario.
After the earthquake, people took to social media to know if their friends and family were safe.
‘6.3 couple miles into the ocean outside/ Brandon Oregon. I pray everyone is okay and there is no tsunami in my future hometown,’ one Twitter user said.
Another wrote: ‘6.2 hit off the coast of …more due. Quakes happening worldwide..please, watch @dutchsinse, he told us this would happen and it is unprecedented [sic]. be prepared, don’t be scared.’
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