Nearly 100 recent quakes on Mt. Hood not worrisome

Mt. Hood file photo (KOIN)
Mt. Hood file photo (KOIN)

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (KOIN) — Mount Hood has seen nearly 100 earthquakes in the past few days, but a local seismologist said they are nothing to worry about.

Geologists said most of the recent earthquakes have been small with only 30 actually being large enough to tell where they occurred.

Researchers said these earthquake swarms happen several times a year and are nothing to worry about.

“I wouldn’t say be worried but maybe expect to feel an earthquake. It’s always interesting to feel an earthquake next to a volcano. These swarms in the past have produced earthquakes that were felt at Government Camp,” said Seth Moran, a seismologist at USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory.

According to Moran, the quakes are not being caused by magma in the volcano moving, but instead by the tectonic plates shifting.

Mount Hood last erupted in 1790.

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