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

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Bandon, Oregon Oct 22 04:17 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Bandon, Oregon Oct 06 06:31 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Brookings, Oregon Oct 01 00:31 3.0 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Bandon, Oregon Sep 28 06:24 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Salem, OR - First time I thought I was going to fall over. Asked my friend if he felt earthquake and he said “no”, so I let it go. A couple of hours later I thought I felt a very light shaking...my friend didn’t feel it. I decided to research it and found your website this morning.
  • USGS Scappoose, Oregon Sep 25 13:18 2.6 22 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Scappoose - My armoir shook for several seconds while I was laying in bed.upstairs. My husband downstairs never felt it.. I thought it was an earthquake, and when I looked on the internet was surprised for this to happen in our area.
  • USGS Mount Hood Village, Oregon Sep 24 22:01 2.8 1 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Gervais, Oregon Sep 17 00:08 2.8 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Oregon Sep 17 00:08 2.9 40 MAP
    USGS Bandon, Oregon Sep 08 18:03 3.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Gold Beach, Oregon Sep 08 14:17 2.8 21 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Bandon, Oregon Sep 01 06:19 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Mill City, Oregon Aug 30 23:38 2.6 3 MAP
    USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon Aug 26 06:57 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Port Orford, Oregon Aug 25 15:27 3.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Sandy, Oregon - Very weak shaking
  • West Linn - It was a cold night till a shake shook the silent, Lamps swayed, TV shook, Christmas trees swaying violently, Second floor of apartments, I looked at my friend in shock of what was happening, I said \"Earthquake\" as the bed hit against the wall, Earthquake lasted about roughly 25-30 seconds. Scary.
  • Gatineau - Cela c\'est dérouler a 2:30am environ. Je dormais et je me suis réveiller car des choses dans ma chambre se sont mis à tomber. Lorsque j\'ai regardé autour, j\'ai réaliser que les choses tombées n\'avait pas bougés de leur place depuis des mois et n\'avais aucune raison de se déplacer. Une fois à moitier réveillé, 1 autre truc est tombé seul dans le couloir.
  • USGS Bandon, Oregon Aug 24 17:33 3.9 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Waldport, Oregon Aug 24 10:48 2.7 41 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Bandon, Oregon Aug 23 07:16 4.0 10 MAP
    USGS Bandon, Oregon Aug 23 06:37 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Bandon, Oregon Aug 22 19:31 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Cannon Beach, Oregon Aug 22 13:20 2.8 13 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Bandon, Oregon Aug 22 11:24 3.2 10 MAP
    USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon Aug 22 11:10 3.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Hillsboro, OR - I was up taking the dog out to do her business, standing in my yard. I felt slight shaking for 5-6 seconds, thought I was just tired. Saw the report of the earthquake and realized it was at the same time!
  • USGS Bandon, Oregon Aug 22 09:31 6.2 10 MAP
    GEOFON Off Coast Of Oregon Aug 22 09:31 6.2 10 MAP
    USGS Bandon, Oregon Aug 22 09:31 6.3 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Ashland or - 9:27 PM In bed. the walls begin to Rattle. My bed begin to shake. shaking starts slow and low, grew more rapid then faded off. Lasted approximately 5 Seconds. I\'ve been in quakes b4 & I swear it was an earthquake. I texted my mother instantly and she told me to look it up on the internet. We both looked on the internet and there was no earthquake at that time. Woke this morning and saw an earthquake struck later in Bandon. I know what I felt. Why was it not reported? Christine@pacificdomes.com
  • Coos Bay - Approximately 3 or 4 seconds. No damage. It felt like vertigo or the earth sliding under me back and forth a couple of times more than a shaking.
  • McMinnville Or - Was in bed reading and felt a jolt about 2:30. Looked up USGS sit and seen the 6.2 off Oregon coast..
  • USGS Bandon, Oregon Aug 08 12:40 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Port Orford, Oregon Aug 05 20:31 2.6 10 MAP
    USGS Port Orford, Oregon Aug 03 23:06 2.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Enterprise, Oregon Jul 29 15:09 2.7 3 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon Jul 29 14:51 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon Jul 29 14:48 3.8 10 MAP
    USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon Jul 29 14:41 3.0 10 MAP
    USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon Jul 29 14:27 3.2 10 MAP
    EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon Jul 29 14:10 4.8 40 MAP
    USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon Jul 29 14:10 5.4 12 MAP
    GEOFON Off Coast Of Oregon Jul 29 14:10 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Off The Coast Of Oregon Jul 29 14:10 5.3 10 MAP
    USGS Silverton, Oregon Jul 26 04:52 2.5 26 MAP
    USGS Waldport, Oregon Jul 25 21:06 2.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Gold Beach, Oregon Jul 24 18:56 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Gold Beach, Oregon Jul 24 17:52 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Gold Beach, Oregon Jul 24 17:22 4.9 10 MAP
    USGS Brookings, Oregon Jul 24 16:00 2.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Off Coast Of Oregon Jul 24 14:44 5.6 10 MAP
    EMSC Off Coast Of Oregon Jul 24 14:44 4.7 5 MAP
    USGS Gold Beach, Oregon Jul 24 14:44 5.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Eugene - Light shaking
  • USGS Gold Beach, Oregon Jul 24 14:44 5.6 10 MAP
    USGS Gold Beach, Oregon Jul 24 14:42 4.3 10 MAP
    USGS Gold Beach, Oregon Jul 24 14:38 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Gold Beach, Oregon Jul 24 14:35 4.3 10 MAP

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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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