View Full Version : Minor Earthquake here in Portland, OR

01-29-2006, 12:08 AM
2006 January 29 02:00:53 UTC

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network
A micro earthquake occurred at 02:00:53 (UTC) on Sunday, January 29, 2006. The magnitude 2.8 event has been located in the PORTLAND URBAN AREA, OREGON. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsUS/Quakes/-123_46_globe.jpg (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsUS/Maps/US2/45.47.-124.-122.html) http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/recent/uw01290200_small.gif

Magnitude (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/glossary.htm#magnitude) 2.8 Date-Time (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/glossary.htm#date) Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 02:00:53 (UTC)
= Coordinated Universal Time
Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 6:00:53 PM
= local time at epicenter
Location (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/glossary.htm#location) 45.523N, 122.633W Depth (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/glossary.htm#depth) 14.5 km (9.0 miles) set by location program Region (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/glossary.htm#region) PORTLAND URBAN AREA, OREGON Distances (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/glossary.htm#distances) 1 km (0 miles) E (91) from Portland, OR
6 km (4 miles) WSW (239) from Maywood Park, OR
9 km (5 miles) N (355) from Milwaukie, OR
Location Uncertainty (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/glossary.htm#uncertainty) horizontal +/- 1 km (0.6 miles); depth fixed by location program Parameters (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/glossary.htm#parameters) Nst= 37, Nph= 37, Dmin=12 km, Rmss=0.25 sec, Gp= 54,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1 Source (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/glossary.htm#source) Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network
Event ID (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/glossary.htm#eventid) uw01290200

01-29-2006, 12:17 AM
That would freak me out completely. I'm assuming you're okay?!?

01-29-2006, 12:36 AM
Oh yeah, that's just a little shake......

Hey, any of the rest of you Oregonians feel it? I know AmyJo is visiting her mom, which is closer to Portland...and Nora down in Eugene.....


01-29-2006, 01:19 AM
Yikes! That's my worst fear! I'm glad it was a little one and that you're ok!

01-29-2006, 12:44 PM
Didn't feel a thing! Of course, I was sound asleep. I'll have to turn the TV on, I'm sure the news people are all over this!
Thanks for the heads up, Rachel.


01-29-2006, 01:56 PM
I did not feel a thing in Hillsboro.

01-29-2006, 02:13 PM
I'm glad it wasn't a big one. Good to hear you guys are okay!

02-02-2006, 06:27 PM
Nah, I never felt a thing! In fact, I don't think it even made the news down here, I didn't even know about it until I read your post!

02-02-2006, 07:05 PM
They actually upgraded it to a 3.1 later. And "apparently" it might be a NEW fault line.

But I'd still prefer earthquakes over natural disasters that have their own seasons (hurricane, etc...) :D


02-02-2006, 07:16 PM
Come to New England... we don't have any of that... just snow and you don't have to die if you don't drive in it! ;)

02-02-2006, 07:17 PM
Glad to hear you're all ok! Earthquakes scare the heebie jeebies out of me. I experienced one while in junior high--in New Jersey. It was definitely a freak occurence there! I'll take hurricane season over earthquakes any day. At least there's a little warning for hurricanes!

02-02-2006, 07:31 PM
See, I have to snicker on that... I know... I'll get shot for saying it, but earthquakes may seem scary. But in reality, they are not that bad! I've been through Hurricanes (Andrew for one), floods, a fire, several tornadoes in my lifetime (one while in a mall and one while in my brother's mobile home... another one where my parents lost their home), and several earthquakes (Joshua Tree for instance and we were about 15 miles from the fault and I believe that was a 7.1 maybe?) ... and I'd take earthquakes any ol day. On average I feel one about 1-4 times a month living in Southern California... and many more that happen that I never feel. Course these are small ones, but still. The idea of the ground shaking below is definitely a scary thought, but the damage from earthquakes are generally replace-able, kwim? At least as far as paper/photos, etc are concerned. But fires, flooding, and hurricanes usually leave everything destroyed. Water damage is one of the worst things IMO. And it causes lots of disease.

So yeah, flame me... laugh at me... yell at me... he he he ... but those are my thoughts on natural disasters and after experiencing pretty much all of them, earthquakes are the lesser evil.

But I am glad you were okay!!!

02-02-2006, 10:17 PM
I totally agree! That is one reason we love Oregon, there just aren't that many natural disasters here, at least our area. We have flooding on occasion here in the valley, but nothing dangerous. Last time we had an earthquake, DH was scrambling to find shoes and get out of the house, and I just rolled over and told him "go back to sleep, it's just an earthquake" Not until the news the next day did we find out how bad it was. No worries here!

02-03-2006, 10:54 PM
That is interesting. I was all over PDX yesterday, downtown, Lloyd Center, Airport Way (aka Costco), and back home (in the Gorge) and I didn't feel a thing.

02-04-2006, 12:10 AM
It was last Saturday at about 6 p.m......

And there are lots of folks who didn't feel it at all, it seemed to have a definite "line" to it, because we felt it 30 miles NW in St Helens.