Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake Strikes Pacific Ocean Near Oregon
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Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake Strikes Pacific Ocean Near Oregon

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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.

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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.

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.

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Photo Credit: USGS

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.

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Mark Horowitz is a graduate of Brandeis University with a degree in political science. Horowitz could have had a job at one of the top media organizations in the United States, but when working as an intern, he found that the journalists in the newsroom were confined by the anxieties and sensibilities of their bosses. Horowitz loved journalism, but wanted more freedom to pursue more complex topics than you would find on the evening news. Around the same time, he began to notice that there was a growing number of independent journalists developing followings online by sharing their in-depth analysis of advanced or off-beat topics. It wasn't long before Horowitz quit his internship with a large New York network to begin publishing his own material online.

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