Magnitude 3.8 quake near Agness

The Curry Coastal Pilot

(AP) - A magnitude-3.8 earthquake was reported early Friday in southwestern Oregon and was felt by residents in rural Curry County.

No damage or injuries were reported.

A U.S. Geological Survey report placed the epicenter of the 5:53 a.m. temblor 26 miles northeast of Gold Beach, near Agness, the end of the line for whitewater rafters floating the wilderness section of the Rogue River.

"I thought a tree fell and hit my deck," said Steve Berlant, owner of the Old Agness Store.

Berlant said several people stopped by the store to ask if he had felt the quake.

Harry Smedes, a professor in the environmental studies department at Southern Oregon University, said, "A magnitude-3 quake is felt indoors by some people, and a magnitude-4 quake is felt by most people outdoors, with no structural damage."

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