Portland Earthquake: Magnitude 3.3 Temblor Shakes Oregon Residents

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 04:37 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A 3.3 magnitude earthquake near Portland on Sunday evening shook up a small Oregon community.

The quake occurred near Sherwood, Ore., at 8:33 p.m. and measured at about 12 miles deep, KGW News 8 said. No reports of damage were immediately apparent, but the news station encouraged residents to take it as a reminder to be prepared should a bigger one hit.

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"We felt it in Tigard at about 8:35 p.m., as did our neighbors who came out of their homes to see if others had felt the 'JOLT' too," Glenn Comuntzis wrote to KGW.

Carol Woolverton of Beaverton told KGW that she was upstairs when the quake happened.

"I heard a big thud and then the bed started shaking," she said. “My husband was downstairs on the other side of the house and heard the thud as well. My son who lives ... in Beaverton heard and felt the same thing."

Just two days before the small quake, KGW interviewed a state geologist who said there was a 30 percent chance of Oregon seeing an earthquake of 8.0 plus magnitude.

On a KOMO News story, people were joking about any concerns when the earthquake was such a low magnitude.

“3.3? ... We stir our coffee with that!” wrote one person.

A recent increase in the number of earthquakes, including the 8.2-magnitude earthquake in Chile, has raised concerns a bigger event will occur. But experts have said seismology activity in one area doesn’t denote activity in another area.

In fact, videos posted online of bison supposedly running out of Yellowstone National Park were intimated to mean the animals had a sixth sense about upcoming earthquakes, KPAX News reported. As the rumors and speculation grew, park personnel decided they’d better put a stop to the rising fears.

Park personnel pointed to one of the videos, allegedly showing a herd of buffalo leaving the park, that was actually of buffalo running back into the park.

KPAX said the park has about 3,000 earthquakes every year.

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