Morning quakes shake Kalama homes

Earthquake (file graphic)
Earthquake (file graphic)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 3.0 magnitude earthquake rattled some nerves in Kalama just after 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

One KOIN viewer described the experience as he sat in his kitchen: “I heard a loud crashing sound and felt a sensation of the house rolling down the side of the hill we live on.  It was quite scary for a few moments.

“Our chandelier was swaying and the mirror did vibrate but nothing fell off the walls.  Nothing seems to be damaged, but this is a good reminder that we do live in a very active earthquake zone.”

No major damage has been reported.  The quake hits on the anniversary of the last “Big One” to strike the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network website shows that the quake struck at 9:31:58 a.m. Sunday, was centered a little more than 15 miles south-southeast of Longview, Washington, at a depth of nearly 12 miles.  There was another 2.4 magnitude quake at 8:43:44 in the same general area and a third at 11:34:43 with a magnitude 1.0.

This is part of a news release from the Oregon Department of Geology: “At 9 p.m. on January 26, 1700, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck, causing untold devastation to the Pacific Northwest coast and the Native American Tribal communities that made the coast their home. The earthquake, centered about 75 miles offshore, ruptured along the 600-mile fault that runs from southern British Columbia to Northern California.”

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