Important historic earthquakes (until 2013) in Oregon, USA

Last update: April 28, 2014 at 5:43 pm by By

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this state can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Lakeview, Oregon Mar 17 21:35 3.4 12 MAP I Felt It
USGS Florence, Oregon Mar 17 09:27 3.3 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Oregon Mar 15 19:18 2.2 3 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lakeview, Oregon Mar 13 06:51 2.7 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lakeview, Oregon Mar 12 04:46 2.7 9 MAP I Felt It
USGS Bandon, Oregon Feb 24 06:35 3.3 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Cottage Grove, Oregon - I'm trying to find some answers between 3am and 4am I woke to my bed rocking on 2 different time frames for short moment both times. I can't find anything stating there was a earthquake at that time.
  • EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon Feb 24 06:35 3.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Athena, Oregon Feb 15 21:55 2.9 6 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Oregon Feb 15 21:55 3.0 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Portland Urban Area, Oregon Jan 27 00:25 2.4 56 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Waldport, Oregon Jan 13 00:27 2.6 4 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Port Orford, Oregon Jan 06 08:48 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon Jan 06 08:48 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon Dec 27 15:51 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon Dec 27 15:51 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Bandon, Oregon Dec 23 11:14 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Silver Lake Wa - was if a drop. not sway not shake but drop and a visual of wind chime too. moving slightly after the sudden "drop" for lack of words
  • EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon Dec 23 11:14 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Sublimity, Oregon Dec 21 10:53 2.5 16 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Oregon Dec 21 10:53 2.4 18 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Gold Beach, Oregon Dec 20 12:45 2.6 19 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Oregon Dec 20 12:45 2.6 19 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Lakeview, Oregon Dec 09 21:02 2.6 8 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Lakeview, Oregon Dec 08 05:27 2.5 9 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Oregon Dec 05 06:42 3.3 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Bandon, Oregon Dec 05 06:42 3.3 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Bandon, Oregon Nov 28 11:07 4.8 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon Nov 28 11:07 4.8 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Off Coast Of Oregon Nov 28 04:34 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Bandon, Oregon Nov 28 04:34 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon Nov 28 04:34 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Offshore Oregon Nov 28 02:06 2.4 19 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Lakeview, Oregon Nov 13 01:04 2.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Oregon Nov 02 14:52 3.6 38 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Warrenton, Oregon Nov 02 14:52 3.5 37 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Portland, Oregon - I woke up and the bed was gently moving back and forth
  • Hammond,Oregon - No damage, just good shaking and kinda loud because it shook the fridge, washer.
  • Ocean Park - just felt like someone quickly shook the bed.
  • Astoria, Oregon - A good jolt,it woke me immediately
  • EMSC Oregon Oct 21 00:14 2.3 0 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Springfield, Oregon Oct 18 12:35 2.6 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Oregon Oct 18 12:35 2.1 9 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon Oct 09 19:08 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Coos Bay - Just felt the bed very lightly shaking. It was enough to bring me out of a deep sleep. Only lasted a few seconds... 20-30 seconds. Was it an earthquake?
  • Salem - I know it is crazy but the only reason I am here is my Dog felt in Salem Oregon. She acts a certain way so I looked it up....I am sure of it!
  • Aumsville , OR - I grew up on a fault line and haven't felt one in years... IT was a very mild one... not like Loma Prieta! I would take a cluster of little earthquakes any day over a big one! It's actually reassuring to know the pressure is being released..
  • USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon Oct 09 19:08 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Off Coast Of Oregon Oct 09 19:08 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon Oct 09 18:51 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon Oct 09 18:51 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Depoe Bay, Oregon Oct 09 14:18 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon Oct 09 14:18 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Woodburn, Oregon Oct 04 04:29 3.0 23 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Salem, OR - I was resting against my headboard and felt it shake as if someone was stomping down my hallway. It only last maybe 10 seconds but I told my husband about it. He was in a different room but did not feel anything.
  • Mcminnville - My bed dhook pretty hard. It wake me up!
  • EMSC Oregon Oct 04 04:29 3.0 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Three Rivers, Oregon Sep 29 10:30 2.8 -1 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Newberry Caldera Area, Oregon Sep 29 10:30 2.8 0 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Oregon Sep 28 20:30 2.0 0 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Brookings, Oregon Sep 25 09:50 4.6 16 MAP I Felt It INFO

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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