Saturday, March 15, 2008

Shallow, 5.9 quake strikes off Oregon coast

By The Associated Press
PORTLAND — A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck about 100 miles off the Oregon coast this morning but no serious damage or injuries were reported.
The quake occurred at 7:44 a.m. 112 miles west of Port Orford, according to Angel Gutierrez, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo.
The quake was relatively shallow, about 6 miles down, and no tsunami alert was issued as a result, Gutierrez said.
Minor earthquakes are common in that region of the Pacific Ocean along the Cascadia subduction zone.