4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits off Oregon Coast

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 23 (UPI) — A light earthquake Friday morning off the coast of Oregon was the second to rattle the region in 48 hours.

The quake was centered more than 6 miles down and 245 miles west-southwest of Portland, The Portland Oregonian reported. On Wednesday, a quake struck 279 miles west of Salem at a depth of about 6 miles.

Friday’s quake measured 4.1 on the Richter scale, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The is heavy enough to make itself felt near the epicenter, although significant damage is unlikely.

John Bellini, an earthquake specialist with the USGS, said two offshore earthquakes in two days is not unusual in the region.

“That area has quakes all the time,” he said. “You get swarms of them a few times a year.”

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