The U.S. Geological Survey reports there was no inland damage nor tsunami generated by a 5.4-magnitude earthquake at 8 a.m. July 17 off the southern Oregon coast.

The tremor followed a 2.7-magnitude quake shortly after midnight 152 miles west/northwest of Bandon, at a depth of 8.5 miles.

“Because of the mechanics and the depth of this earthquake, it did not displace water, so it did not cause a tsunami,” USGS geophysicist Julie Dutton told The Pilot.

“This is not an unusual event. It is very common area for earthquakes. This is where two plates are running adjacent to each other.”

“This earthquake was too small and far (away) to have any impact onshore,” USGS media representative Joan Gomberg said. “This event is nothing out of the ordinary at all.”

Dutton said the shallow tremor was not connected to recent larger earthquakes in the Southern California and Seattle areas, although they are a reminder that people should be on alert.

“These earthquakes are another reminder to be aware of where you live and the hazards around you,” Dutton said.

Details about earthquakes and safety preparations are at the USGS website,


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