An earthquake struck well west of the coast of Oregon this afternoon, but it was not strong enough to create a tsunami threat. “There is NO tsunami danger from this earthquake,” the National Weather Service National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska said after the 6:12 pm local time earthquake.
Based on a rapid preliminary assessment of the earthquake, the National Tsunami Warning Center added that additional information would come from USGS, if needed. “This will be the only U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center message issued for this event unless additional information becomes available,” their bulletin concluded.
The earthquake was measured as a 5.1 magnitude event at a depth of 25 miles off the coast of Oregon. Specifically, the epicenter of the quake was at 44.2 North and 129.5 West. While the earthquake occured along the middle of the Blanco Fracture Zone, there has been no other seismic activity of any kind reported here over the last 7 days, according to USGS. While 6 people reported to USGS that they felt the earthquake along the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington, it wasn’t a widely felt event due to its location far off-shore and deep under the water.