This year, seismic activity has been strong on the West Coast of the United States. In July, the largest of the earthquakes to shake the region registered at a magnitude of 7.1, which makes it the largest in roughly 20 years. In addition to causing significant damage to buildings and infrastructure, the quakes also changed the topography of the area.
A 6.3 Quake
There have been a series of aftershocks felt throughout the summer on the West Coast, but many of them have been weak in comparison to the initial shock. However, this week, another strong quake has hit the West Coast, this time in the Pacific Ocean, near Oregon.
— USGS (@USGS) August 29, 2019
According to the US Geological Survey, the quake registered at a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale.
The agency reported that the earthquake happened around 8:07 in the morning, about 175 miles west-northwest of the coastal city of Bandon, and occurred at a depth of 3.4 miles.
Tsunami Info Stmt: M6.4 Off Coast Of Oregon 0808PDT Aug 29: Tsunami NOT expected
— NWS Tsunami Alerts (@NWS_NTWC) August 29, 2019
No Tsunami Warning
Luckily, no tsunami warning was issued, and no injuries or deaths were reported. In fact, despite the magnitude of the quake, no major structural damage was reported in the area. According to the USGS website, there were more than 350 reports from different residents who experienced shaking during the event, but no major emergencies.
The following image from the USGS shows exactly where the quake struck.
As we reported earlier this summer, Mexico and Indonesia have also been hit by strong earthquakes this year. The largest quake to hit in Mexico this summer had a magnitude of 4.6, while the largest quake in Indonesia had a magnitude of 7.1. However, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are actually very common in Indonesia, since the islands are situated right in the middle of the ring of fire.
Earthquakes are also extremely common on the West Coast of the United States as well, but the past few years have been relatively tame for the region, which allowed many residents to slip into a false sense of security.
We will be following this story closely and posting updates as they become available.