Important historic earthquakes (until 2013) in Oregon, USA

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

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon May 20 10:47 4.4 30 MAP
USGS Bandon, Oregon May 20 10:47 4.6 10 MAP
GEOFON Off Coast Of Oregon May 20 10:47 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Seattle - Very weak shaking
  • USGS Bandon, Oregon Apr 30 02:20 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Coos Bay - I woke up in the middle of the night and could feel my bed slightly shaking. I was aware of two pulses and then another two pulses a couple seconds later. I woke my wife up and told her that I thought there was a minor earthquake.
  • USGS Lakeview, Oregon Apr 27 10:56 2.7 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Barview, Oregon Apr 26 08:44 3.5 10 MAP
    USGS Barview, Oregon Apr 26 08:44 3.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon Apr 21 09:50 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Port Orford, Oregon Apr 20 18:01 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Silverton, Oregon Apr 15 03:45 3.1 18 MAP
    EMSC Oregon Apr 15 03:45 3.1 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Grants Pass - I felt the earthquake at home in a 250 square foot cottage. I observed no damage to the building after. I observed maintenance occurring on three church building after. I observe a split at a glu laminated beam after then event in a nearby restaurant. The beam was supporting a boat placing a torsional loading on the beam.
  • Silverton, OR - 5 seconds
  • Sublimity - Felt my whole bed and room shake for 5 seconds, no damage that I am aware of.
  • Wilhoit, Oregon - No damage. Three neighbors within 1 mile felt also. They said it was stronger shaking for them. A report said it was centered near Silverton, Oregon, a small town close by.
  • Salem - Weak shaking
  • Corvallis - the shaking took around 5 seconds
  • Hillsboro - Maybe two or three seconds around 3 pm. Wouldn't have noticed it if I hadn\'t been leaning against the countertop when it happened. Nothing rattled, no damage.
  • USGS Lakeview, Oregon Apr 14 18:53 2.8 0 MAP
    USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon Apr 05 07:19 3.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Lakeview, Oregon Mar 29 05:52 2.5 6 MAP
    USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon Mar 24 15:04 3.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Molalla, Oregon Mar 24 10:05 2.5 25 MAP
    USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon Mar 16 08:23 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Gold Beach, Oregon Feb 28 00:30 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Bandon, Oregon Feb 12 03:22 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Pacific City, Oregon Feb 04 22:37 3.1 33 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Portland - Very weak shaking
  • Lake Oswego - Felt like a truck rumbling by the house. Lasted maybe 2 seconds.
  • USGS Bandon, Oregon Jan 29 15:34 2.8 10 MAP
    USGS Bandon, Oregon Jan 29 02:51 2.9 10 MAP
    GEOFON Off Coast Of Oregon Jan 28 22:46 5.4 10 MAP
  • Burnaby - Weak shaking
  • EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon Jan 28 22:46 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Bandon, Oregon Jan 28 22:46 4.9 10 MAP
    USGS Lakeview, Oregon Jan 18 02:05 2.5 1 MAP
    EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon Jan 16 17:10 3.2 10 MAP
    USGS Bandon, Oregon Jan 16 17:10 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Lakeview, Oregon Jan 12 22:14 2.5 -1 MAP
    USGS Bandon, Oregon Jan 08 18:31 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Springfield , OR - I was sitting in a doctor's waiting room, and there was rumbling. The rumbling would last a few seconds, then stop, then start again. This continued for a couple of minutes, then ended and there was no more rumbling. I was on the third floor...
  • USGS Lakeview, Oregon Dec 25 04:08 2.5 5 MAP
    USGS Lakeview, Oregon Dec 25 04:08 2.7 1 MAP
    USGS Sweet Home, Oregon Dec 22 21:13 2.9 4 MAP
    EMSC Oregon Dec 14 01:24 4.0 17 MAP
  • Punta Gorda - Sept 19th we were in bed already. The earth quake was one of those that just roles under the house, not a shaking or jerking. It lasted about 45 seconds here. We know it was a large one.
  • Canby - lasted approx. 5 seconds. House shook and windows shook, door rattled
  • silverton, OR - lasted a couple of second, shook the house. both myself and my daughter felt it.
  • Clackamas - Scary
  • Molalla, Oregon - 5 seconds
  • Molalla - Sitting in the living room, house shook, seemed like maybe some big upstairs fell over. Coffee table lurched. Lasted maybe 3 seconds. No damage
  • Salem oregon - Brief, several seconds where the entire house shook. No damage I am aware of.
  • PDX, downtown - Shaking lasted about three seconds. No damage.
  • Washougal - Felt a few waves move through the house from the south. A couple of windows creaked in their frames, cat woke up startled, and my glass of water sloshed.
  • Camas - 1-2 seconds
  • Portland Oregon 97202 - Bed started to shake, then it slowed down, and then shook harder.
  • Gervais - Felt like it Lasted about 10-12 seconds. Absolute length of time unknown.
  • Wilsonville - It was super startling. I thought my dog was scratching himself because the couch was moving, but behind me I felt the tree moving and heard the ornaments moving, so when I looked at the mini trees, the tiny ornaments were wobbling back and forth. It was then I knew it was an earthquake. Maybe lasted 5-10 seconds.
  • south of Molalla Oregon - Sitting in living room, felt moderate shaking of house, husband and I looked at each other and said it was an earthquake while it was in progress. Lasted several seconds.
  • Salem - Weak shaking
  • Silverton - 1-2 secs, moved back and forth rather than shaking
  • North Plains - Only one jolt, no shaking.
  • Salem Oregon - Light shaking
  • Wilsonville, OR - No more than 5 seconds. The force didn't move anything, but it was very noticeable.
  • Molalla - Scary feeling like someone slammed a door also like a person jumping on the roof really hard
  • Monmouth - Weak shaking
  • Portland - 3-4 seconds..definitely above mild
  • Molalla Ore. - Time was 5:20pm.Shake,big boom, and more shaking.
  • Washougal - Weak shaking
  • Molalla - Light shaking
  • McMinnville, oregon - Felt one jerk-definite EQ. Sitting at desk.
  • Lake Oswego - 2-3 seconds, a couple of jolts, like heavy falling upstairs
  • North Plains - Shaking lasted approximately 2-3 seconds.
  • Gresham Oregon - Lasted about 3 - 5 seconds, moving quickly east to west.
  • Salem, OR - 0.50 second shake felt like twisting on o horizontal plane. As if each end of the couch moved in opposite direction. Window rattled.
  • Aloha - About 10 seconds. No damage, basically shaking of items in house and tremble underfoot
  • Sweet Home - Husband and I sitting on the couch and both of us felt it shake for about 3 seconds.
  • Hillsboro - more like a jolt, as if from an explosion or tree falling
  • Salem Oregon - House shook a little. Plant leaves shook 5 seconds
  • Independence - Lasted about 2-3 seconds. Wall in my office was slightly shaking. No damage.
  • Mollala - Shaking lasted for less than 3-4 seconds, no damage, just very shaken up.
  • Lake Oswego - About 4 seconds if shaking here in Lake Oswego! My kids felt it and got under a table within a second. Luckily it ended shortly after and was very minor. Only a few books fell.
  • Hillsboro, Or - A sudden jolt. The chair I was in moved to the side a bit. Definitely caught my attention.
  • beaverton - lasted 4 or 5 seconds. No damage but my basketball rolled around quite a bit in my room for those 5 seconds.
  • Canby - Felt the foundation raise and came down like a shockwave. Then Light sounds of shaking
  • Milwaukie - 2 waves of shaking house, (weightless feeling) lasting about 6 seconds total.
  • Salem - Wasn't shaking felt more like house was rolling. Sitting in chair and asked daughter what was that?
  • Molalla - It felt like something massive hit our house. It was a loud bang that jolted us and our house very hard 1 time. Only lasted about 2 seconds.. Didn't feel like an earthquake.
  • Hillsboro - Sitting on toilet I felt the shake even my glass shower glass doors shook. I definitely felt it!
  • Molalla - Felt like something massive hit our house. Ran outside and the neighbors ran out thinking their houses were hit too. It was one strong jolt that lasted maybe 2 seconds.
  • Happy Valley - On computer, felt my desk shaking for about three seconds, no damage just spooked because I thought the Big One was happening
  • Yamhill - I was working at my kitchen table and everything shook for aboit 30 seconds or so. It was just enough to make my house shake a little
  • Woodburn OR - About 3-5 seconds. Sounded like thunder and bed was moving no damages
  • Portland - Slight gentle shaking at 5:24 lasted 5-10 seconds. I also felt 3 more shakes after that slightly lower in intensity and lasting 5 seconds. These occurred 15min, 20, and 25min after the initial shake. Approximately!
  • Silverton - I heard a 'boom', then light shaking for 3-5 seconds, at about 1730 on 13 Dec 2017.
  • Beaverton, OR - Sitting in a hair, I felt a jolt, then weak shaking for a few seconds. No damage was noticed.
  • USGS Molalla, Oregon Dec 14 01:24 4.0 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • 97140 - WHOLE HOUSE SHOOK TWICEFOR APPROX 15SECONDS EACH TIME.
  • Milwaukie - Something rattled, shaking 2-3 seconds
  • Newberg - Light shaking
  • Mollala - Few seconds. Big jolt twice.
  • Portland - 5-10 seconds. No damage.
  • Mulino - Strong shaking
  • dundee - Weak shaking
  • Wilhoit - Rumbling sound then a huge crack and thud on the side of the house.
  • Tigard, OR - It lasted about 1 second, but shook my whole apartment. It felt sort of strong, but I was just caught up in the moment, I'm sure.
  • King City, OR - No damage, shaking lasted 3 - 5 seconds
  • Forest Grove, OR - Jolt felt in several factory buildings, safety officer felt need to check each building.
  • GERVAIS - Shaking lasted around 10-12 seconds.
  • West Linn - West Linn The entire house had 2 shakes with about a 2 second delay between. The entire shake lasted no more than 5 seconds.
  • Salem - Bed moved, curtain started swinging, my daughter fell and i ended up having a seizure. My oldest was on a bus and thought that it was hit. My other daughter was on her bunk bed and thought it was going to fall. Called around to my local friends and they all felt it
  • Gladstone - Close to 10 seconds, continuous moderate shake with slight pause in middle.
  • USGS Florence, Oregon Dec 06 23:16 2.8 26 MAP
    EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon Nov 24 17:36 4.7 10 MAP
  • Salem - Was in RV playing cards with my sister and we both felt the rv shake.
  • USGS Port Orford, Oregon Nov 24 17:36 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Gold Beach, Oregon Nov 17 15:12 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon Nov 17 15:12 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Lakeview, Oregon Nov 17 07:39 2.9 8 MAP
    USGS Elgin, Oregon Nov 15 02:06 2.6 7 MAP
    USGS Altamont, Oregon Nov 11 07:41 2.6 7 MAP
    USGS Molalla, Oregon Oct 29 19:05 2.7 2 MAP
    USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon Oct 27 06:39 3.2 10 MAP
  • Gaston - Felt the earth flex throughmy feet. A small time later the roof of house flexed (crackling); the house is a mfr’d double-wide. No damage. Checked online and saw 3.2 coastal ...
  • EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon Oct 27 06:39 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Umatilla, Oregon Oct 18 20:21 2.9 0 MAP
    EMSC Oregon Oct 16 05:28 3.4 21 MAP
  • Manzanita - 2 seconds in duration.
  • Elsie oregon - Whole house shook. Birds and dog very upset.
  • Nehalem,Oregon - Mild shaking whole house 2-3 seconds.
  • vernonia, oregon - Felt the couch and house jump. Heard loud noise, not sure what that was.
  • Elsie - Sounded like an explosion with a strong jolt. No damage.
  • Timber - I was in my hunting trailer and the water in my water container shook while I was lying in my cot getting ready to go to sleep. Yesterday 10-15-2017 sometime between 9:30 and 10:00 PM
  • Seaside - Felt a jolt. The dog reacted with a what was that!?
  • USGS Vernonia, Oregon Oct 16 05:28 3.4 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Off Coast Of Oregon Oct 13 16:55 4.4 10 MAP

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    Latitude (area) where you felt the earthquake
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    Shaking Strength *
    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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