3.8 magnitude quake hits near Astoria

Residents report feeling shake

People in Astoria reportedly felt Wednesday's earthquake. November 2, 2016, (KOIN)
People in Astoria reportedly felt Wednesday's earthquake. November 2, 2016, (KOIN)

ASTORIA, Ore. (KOIN) — Hundreds of people living along the coast near the mouth of the Columbia River felt the shake from an earthquake on Wednesday morning.

The 3.8 magnitude tremor came from below the ocean, just a few miles out from Astoria.

There were no reports of injuries or damage, but the governor and coast homeowners are worried about what’s next.

The 90-year-old Astoria Column is still standing after the minor quake, but the tremor was a reminder to get ready for the Big One.

“It felt like a washing machine spinning, offset bouncy for 10 seconds. My dog freaked out a little bit,” said Herb Bechtolt.

Some say it felt like a truck had crashed into a building. Others said they felt a wave-like motion.

People felt it from Long Beach to Oceanside but mostly in Astoria and Warrenton.

Carl Hagnes of Warrenton said he’s ready for the Big One. He has 10 cords of firewood, a basement food supply that will last for many months and 50 gallons of water.

Gov. Brown was at the coast on Wednesday meeting with local emergency management teams. It was planned long before Wednesday’s quake. She toured a gym building retrofit at Clatsop Community College, a place that could shelter 1,000 people in case of a tsunami.

A lot of people think it’s never going to happen, and they’re not going to prepare.

Brown called Wednesday morning’s jolt was a wakeup call for everyone to get their kits together, make sure they have an emergency plan in place and a way to contact family members. She said it was also a wake up call for those in state government.

The governor said she intends to push for a transportation package in the legislature in January 2017 to provide money that will go toward earthquake-proofing bridges along the coast.