Small Quake In Ocean Off Oregon

By David Nogueras

The US Geological Survey says there was a minor earthquake about 200 miles off the coast of Coos Bay. Geophysicist Don Blakeman says the quake was too small and too far away to pose any risk on land. 

Blakeman is with the National Earthquake Information Center. He says the earthquake occurred just before noon , and registered a preliminary magnitude of 5.1.

Don Blakeman: "So this quake is not a concern. The mechanisms, the earth's tectonic plate movements that cause this, is something to be concerned about because there's a possibility at some point there will be a large quake that will affect the Northwestern part of the US."

Blakeman says it's impossible to tell whether that quake will happen tomorrow or 200 years from now. He says it's a good idea to make sure your home is earthquake safe and that things like bookshelves are securely fastened to the walls. He says those living along the coast should also be aware of local tsunami evacuation routes.

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