3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts the Portland Metro Area

April 6, 2014



Did you feel it?  The USGS is reporting a 3.3 magnitude earthquake hit 5 miles NW of Sherwood tonight at 8:33 PM.

At a depth of 12.9 miles, it was a pretty shallow quake, which is probably why so many people in the area felt it.  According to a PSU geologist we spoke with tonight, there’s a major fault line that runs from Newberg to Sherwood to Tualatin, but this quake didn’t hit on that fault line.  In this area, we get earthquakes this size once every couple of years, on average.

If you and your house got a good jolt, and you’re thinking, “Wow, that was scary!” here is some perspective… the earthquake that hit Chile on April 1, 2014 was nearly 100,000 times stronger than the quake that hit Oregon tonight.

An earthquake this small usually doesn’t cause any damage, but it’s a good reminder for all of us to be prepared.

Here’s a look at some of the recent big quakes to hit the Pacific Northwest.